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Prospects for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export deal from Canada to Germany are close to evaporating as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz prepares for a visit to Montreal, Toronto, and Stephenville, Newfoundland August 21-23, The Energy Mix has learned.

EXCLUSIVE: Hydrogen is Up, Pieridae is Out as German Chancellor Preps for Canada Visit

Prospects for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export deal from Canada to Germany are close to evaporating as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz prepares for a visit to Montreal, Toronto, and Stephenville, Newfoundland August 21-23, The Energy Mix has learned.

U.S. climate hawks declared victory, Congressional Democrats got credit for a newly pragmatic approach to climate action, community campaigners demanded more ambitious action, and attention shifted to implementation after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the country’s $370-billion climate and clean energy plan and sent it to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.

Historic Climate Bill Passes U.S. House, Goes to Biden for Signature

U.S. climate hawks declared victory, Congressional Democrats got credit for a newly pragmatic approach to climate action, community campaigners demanded more ambitious action, and attention shifted to implementation after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the country’s $370-billion climate and clean energy plan and sent it to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.

New solar installations around the world are poised to grow by a “staggering” 30% this year, and the industry can look ahead to double-digit growth each year through 2025, according to a Bloomberg.com analysis that predates the ambitious clean energy provisions in the US$369-billion Inflation Reduction Act adopted by the U.S. Congress last week.

Solar On Track for ‘Staggering’ 30% Growth This Year

New solar installations around the world are poised to grow by a “staggering” 30% this year, and the industry can look ahead to double-digit growth each year through 2025, according to a Bloomberg.com analysis that predates the ambitious clean energy provisions in the US$369-billion Inflation Reduction Act adopted by the U.S. Congress last week.

A suite of recent policy and technology advancements is allowing for the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) in the U.S., with innovative approaches like transportable microgrids and vehicle-to-grid programs gaining momentum.

Distributed Energy Gains Ground With Mobile Microgrids, Vehicle-to-Grid Technology

A suite of recent policy and technology advancements is allowing for the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) in the U.S., with innovative approaches like transportable microgrids and vehicle-to-grid programs gaining momentum.

As the global push for a hydrogen economy accelerates, researchers are urging policy-makers to address new knowledge and fill in some profound data gaps, with recent studies revealing the considerable global warming potential of a fuel that many fossils see as their industry’s best hope for a second life.

Global Push for Hydrogen Sidesteps Knowledge Gaps on Climate Impacts

As the global push for a hydrogen economy accelerates, researchers are urging policy-makers to address new knowledge and fill in some profound data gaps, with recent studies revealing the considerable global warming potential of a fuel that many fossils see as their industry’s best hope for a second life.

After a marathon series of votes that began just before midnight Saturday, the United States Senate adopted a US$369-billion climate and clean energy plan Sunday afternoon, the country’s biggest-ever investment in climate action.

BREAKING: U.S. Senate Passes Historic $369B Climate Package

After a marathon series of votes that began just before midnight Saturday, the United States Senate adopted a US$369-billion climate and clean energy plan Sunday afternoon, the country’s biggest-ever investment in climate action.

The high cost of fossil fuels is making green hydrogen a better bet than the “blue” variety produced from natural gas, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden admitted last week.

Green Hydrogen Will Cost Less than Fossil-Fuelled ‘Blue’, Shell CEO Admits

The high cost of fossil fuels is making green hydrogen a better bet than the “blue” variety produced from natural gas, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden admitted last week.

China’s fourteenth five-year plan (14FYP) shows the country could build enough wind and solar capacity to reach its emissions peak ahead of schedule, but continuing coal investments raise doubts.

China’s Latest Renewables Plan Could Bridge Global 1.5°C Gap, Expert Says

China’s fourteenth five-year plan (14FYP) shows the country could build enough wind and solar capacity to reach its emissions peak ahead of schedule, but continuing coal investments raise doubts.

Homeowners considering rooftop solar to slash their energy bills can turn to a new Forbes guide to solar shingles, listing the biggest names in the market and detailing the pros and cons of solar shingles versus panels.

Solar Shingle Buying Guide Lays Out Options for Curious Homeowners

Homeowners considering rooftop solar to slash their energy bills can turn to a new Forbes guide to solar shingles, listing the biggest names in the market and detailing the pros and cons of solar shingles versus panels.

Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity turned up the heat on swing-vote senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, a wider network of business groups stepped up to defend the deal, and environmental justice campaigners decried concessions to oil and gas as advocates absorbed the details of the $369.75-billion climate and clean energy package announced last week by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer.

Koch Network Pressures Manchin, Sinema as Advocates Praise ‘Game Changing’ Climate Deal

Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity turned up the heat on swing-vote senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, a wider network of business groups stepped up to defend the deal, and environmental justice campaigners decried concessions to oil and gas as advocates absorbed the details of the $369.75-billion climate and clean energy package announced last week by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer.

The Trudeau government has released a proposed frame for new Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) aimed at bringing the grid’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2035. Comments on the plan close August 17.

Ottawa Releases Regulatory ‘Frame’ for Net-Zero Grid by 2035

The Trudeau government has released a proposed frame for new Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) aimed at bringing the grid’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2035. Comments on the plan close August 17.

Solar power is keeping the Texas grid from crashing—despite a sharp increase in energy demand due to record-breaking high temperatures, says an energy expert.

Solar Bolstered Texas Grid Amid High Demand, Expert Says

Solar power is keeping the Texas grid from crashing—despite a sharp increase in energy demand due to record-breaking high temperatures, says an energy expert.

Alberta-based PCL Construction’s 2021 solar construction revenue increased 60% over the previous year, totalling more than half a billion dollars. By the end of 2022, the company expects solar revenue to hit just under $800 million.

Canadian Construction Giant Expects $800 Million in Solar Project Revenue

Alberta-based PCL Construction’s 2021 solar construction revenue increased 60% over the previous year, totalling more than half a billion dollars. By the end of 2022, the company expects solar revenue to hit just under $800 million.

The United States is back on the cusp of the biggest climate investment in its history after Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and coal state Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) agreed to a US$370-billion climate and clean energy package, ending months of negotiations on what one elated advocate called the “best-kept secret in Washington”.

BREAKING: Senate Democrats Finalize Biggest Climate Spend in U.S. History as Schumer, Manchin Outfox McConnell

The United States is back on the cusp of the biggest climate investment in its history after Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and coal state Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) agreed to a US$370-billion climate and clean energy package, ending months of negotiations on what one elated advocate called the “best-kept secret in Washington”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Nova Scotia last Thursday to promise green energy funds for the province, but he also said the idea of upgraded facilities to help ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe in the “very short term” is back on the table.

Trudeau Announces $255M for Nova Scotia Wind, Battery Projects, Keeps LNG Option Open

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Nova Scotia last Thursday to promise green energy funds for the province, but he also said the idea of upgraded facilities to help ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe in the “very short term” is back on the table.

Offshore wind proponents are exploring “turbine reefs”—coral habitats planted on wind turbine bases—as a solution to the intersecting crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Offshore Wind Farms Could Be Boon for Marine Biodiversity

Offshore wind proponents are exploring “turbine reefs”—coral habitats planted on wind turbine bases—as a solution to the intersecting crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Shell has revealed plans to build a 200-megawatt renewable hydrogen plant in the Netherlands—and to use that green fuel to power its production of petrol, diesel, and jet fuel—as the company continues to invest heavily in oil and gas development worldwide.

Shell Announces Massive Green Hydrogen Plant to Power Rotterdam Oil Refinery

Shell has revealed plans to build a 200-megawatt renewable hydrogen plant in the Netherlands—and to use that green fuel to power its production of petrol, diesel, and jet fuel—as the company continues to invest heavily in oil and gas development worldwide.

Rising clean energy investments and an expanding offshore wind sector are pointing toward a new renewable energy boom in India, as the falling cost of clean technologies paired with the global energy crisis siphons investment away from fossil fuels.

India Sees Renewables Boom Amid Global Energy Crisis

Rising clean energy investments and an expanding offshore wind sector are pointing toward a new renewable energy boom in India, as the falling cost of clean technologies paired with the global energy crisis siphons investment away from fossil fuels.

Millionaire coal baron Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) played his final card and the White House conceded defeat on ambitious U.S. climate legislation, after the renegade senator declared he wouldn’t support any climate or energy provisions in President Joe Biden’s signature clean energy package.

AMERICAN CLIMATE FAILURE: Time for ‘Beast Mode’ as Manchin Torpedoes Biden Clean Energy Package

Millionaire coal baron Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) played his final card and the White House conceded defeat on ambitious U.S. climate legislation, after the renegade senator declared he wouldn’t support any climate or energy provisions in President Joe Biden’s signature clean energy package.

Hundreds are dead from heat-related causes, tens of thousands are displaced by raging wildfires, and global food security is yet further threatened as vast swathes of western Europe, North Africa, and China continue to suffer in the grip of lethal heat.

Hundreds Dead From Heat as Extreme Temperatures Scorch North Africa, Asia, Europe, China

Hundreds are dead from heat-related causes, tens of thousands are displaced by raging wildfires, and global food security is yet further threatened as vast swathes of western Europe, North Africa, and China continue to suffer in the grip of lethal heat.

New wind and solar projects saved countries US$82 billion in fossil fuel costs and will continue to provide badly-needed relief from rising electricity bills, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) concludes in a report issued last Thursday.

Solar, Wind Come In Cheaper than Coal, Save $82B in Fossil Fuel Costs

New wind and solar projects saved countries US$82 billion in fossil fuel costs and will continue to provide badly-needed relief from rising electricity bills, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) concludes in a report issued last Thursday.

An environmental assessment for a one-gigawatt, 164-turbine wind farm/green hydrogen and ammonia park in rural Newfoundland is generating local concern about potential habitat impacts, while picking up some high-powered support for the community benefits the project would bring.

Newfoundland Wind Farm Would Power Coastal Green Hydrogen Plant

An environmental assessment for a one-gigawatt, 164-turbine wind farm/green hydrogen and ammonia park in rural Newfoundland is generating local concern about potential habitat impacts, while picking up some high-powered support for the community benefits the project would bring.

The United States’ largest public utility has issued a request for 5,000 megawatts of carbon-free energy before 2029—weeks after it was directed to reconsider plans for converting a retiring coal plant to a natural gas facility.

U.S. Utility Seeks Suppliers for 5,000 Megawatts of Carbon-Free Power

The United States’ largest public utility has issued a request for 5,000 megawatts of carbon-free energy before 2029—weeks after it was directed to reconsider plans for converting a retiring coal plant to a natural gas facility.

The European Union’s need for natural gas will peak in about three years and begin declining before any new, fixed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals can be brought online, and EU countries are deliberately trying to avoid the kind of long-term supply contracts that Canadian gas producers are looking for, a UK-based fossil fuel specialist says.

Europe’s Fast Pivot to Renewables Means No Long-Term Need for LNG

The European Union’s need for natural gas will peak in about three years and begin declining before any new, fixed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals can be brought online, and EU countries are deliberately trying to avoid the kind of long-term supply contracts that Canadian gas producers are looking for, a UK-based fossil fuel specialist says.

In what CNN is calling a “rare move”, more than 200 U.S. congressional staffers have written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer demanding fast action on climate change and clean energy.

U.S. Congressional Staffers Push Pelosi, Schumer for Fast Climate Action

In what CNN is calling a “rare move”, more than 200 U.S. congressional staffers have written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer demanding fast action on climate change and clean energy.

Most of the world can switch to renewable energy without destabilizing power grids, at low cost, and relying almost entirely on existing technologies, according to a new Stanford University study.

No Need for ‘Miracle Technologies’ to Rapidly Decarbonize Energy: Jacobson

Most of the world can switch to renewable energy without destabilizing power grids, at low cost, and relying almost entirely on existing technologies, according to a new Stanford University study.

Donald Trump's tariffs on Canadian-made solar products will be scrapped, after Canada, the United States and Mexico reached a deal at trade talks in Vancouver last week.

U.S. Drops Tariff on Canadian-Made Solar Products

Donald Trump’s tariffs on Canadian-made solar products will be scrapped, after Canada, the United States and Mexico reached a deal at trade talks in Vancouver last week.

The United Kingdom will add 10 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity to its power grid at one-quarter the cost of fossil gas after concluding its biggest-ever auction for new renewable supplies.

‘Remarkable’ New Contract Award Adds 10 GW of Renewables to UK Grid

The United Kingdom will add 10 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity to its power grid at one-quarter the cost of fossil gas after concluding its biggest-ever auction for new renewable supplies.

The electricity system regulator in the United States could help slash inflation and double the country’s renewable energy supply by encouraging technologies to reduce the “absurd” 3.5-year wait times delaying interconnections between regional power systems, the Rocky Mountain Institute argues in a new analysis.

U.S. Could Slash Inflation, Double Renewables with Better Grid Technologies

The electricity system regulator in the United States could help slash inflation and double the country’s renewable energy supply by encouraging technologies to reduce the “absurd” 3.5-year wait times delaying interconnections between regional power systems, the Rocky Mountain Institute argues in a new analysis.

The Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico is claiming a victory for grid resilience after the Caribbean island installed thousands of solar batteries in the wake of a devastating hurricane in 2017. But liquefied natural gas is still very much on the agenda for the local utility.

Puerto Rico Claims World’s Biggest Battery-Based Power Plant as LNG Development Grinds On

The Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico is claiming a victory for grid resilience after the Caribbean island installed thousands of solar batteries in the wake of a devastating hurricane in 2017. But liquefied natural gas is still very much on the agenda for the local utility.

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California Weighs Fossil-Fuelled Electricity to Confront Climate-Driven Heat Waves

Looking to avoid power blackouts, California may turn to the one energy source it’s otherwise desperate to get rid of: fossil fuels.

There will be no federal financing for two companies vying to export Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from terminals on the East Coast, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a recent interview with the Globe and Mail.

BREAKING: No Public Finance for East Coast LNG Projects, Wilkinson Says

There will be no federal financing for two companies vying to export Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from terminals on the East Coast, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a recent interview with the Globe and Mail.

A group of 15 trainees will be heading out into the field to begin converting two Alberta oilfield sites into solar farms, after graduating from a rapid upskilling program for fossil industry and Indigenous workers hosted by Iron & Earth and Medicine Hat College.

Ex-Fossil Workers Convert Old Oilfields to Solar Farms After ‘Rapid Upskilling’ in Alberta

A group of 15 trainees will be heading out into the field to begin converting two Alberta oilfield sites into solar farms, after graduating from a rapid upskilling program for fossil industry and Indigenous workers hosted by Iron & Earth and Medicine Hat College.

G7 leaders meeting in Bavaria this week affirmed their rhetorical commitment to climate action but walked back a month-old promise to swiftly end public investment in overseas fossil fuel projects as they sought to grapple with the energy crisis brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

G7 Miss ‘Golden Opportunity’, Walk Back Pledge to Cut International Fossil Finance

G7 leaders meeting in Bavaria this week affirmed their rhetorical commitment to climate action but walked back a month-old promise to swiftly end public investment in overseas fossil fuel projects as they sought to grapple with the energy crisis brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Global Offshore Wind Pipeline Doubles to 846 Gigawatts

The inventory of offshore wind projects in development or under production has nearly doubled in the last year, to an astonishing 846 gigawatts, according to the latest market intelligence data report from RenewableUK.

There’s a categorical difference between the raw materials of the clean energy economy and those from fossil fuels, writes Canary Media. But to be considered truly sustainable, renewable industries need to restructure to allow their products to be recycled at the end of their lives.

U.S. Renewables Industries Scramble to Reuse, Recycle Before Waste Volumes Skyrocket

There’s a categorical difference between the raw materials of the clean energy economy and those from fossil fuels, writes Canary Media. But to be considered truly sustainable, renewable industries need to restructure to allow their products to be recycled at the end of their lives.

Global clean energy investment is on track to exceed US$1.4 trillion this year, representing “an important step in the right direction” that nevertheless falls “well short of what is required to hit international climate goals,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes in its annual World Energy Investment 2022 report released yesterday.

Clean Energy Investment to Exceed $1.4T This Year, Still Falls Short of Climate Goals: IEA

Global clean energy investment is on track to exceed US$1.4 trillion this year, representing “an important step in the right direction” that nevertheless falls “well short of what is required to hit international climate goals,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes in its annual World Energy Investment 2022 report released yesterday.

Critical mineral infrastructure and hydrogen production are two of the centrepieces of a new industrial strategy for natural resources unveiled Monday by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Critical Minerals, Hydrogen Lead Ottawa’s Low-Carbon Industry Strategy

Critical mineral infrastructure and hydrogen production are two of the centrepieces of a new industrial strategy for natural resources unveiled Monday by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

China’s wind and solar potential is a whopping nine times what it would need to become carbon-neutral, according to new research conducted to help policy-makers figure out whether they can expand the two technologies from combined capacity of 630 gigawatts to a target of 1,200 GW by the end of the decade.

China Has 9 Times the Wind, Solar Potential It Needs for Carbon Neutrality

China’s wind and solar potential is a whopping nine times what it would need to become carbon-neutral, according to new research conducted to help policy-makers figure out whether they can expand the two technologies from combined capacity of 630 gigawatts to a target of 1,200 GW by the end of the decade.

Countries accounting for about 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and economic output made new promises on methane controls, clean energy technology demonstrations, zero-emission vehicles, food security and agriculture emissions, and green shipping at a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate convened by U.S. President Joe Biden June 17.

Countries Pledge Faster Action on Methane, Cleantech, ZEV’s, Food Security at Biden Climate Forum

Countries accounting for about 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and economic output made new promises on methane controls, clean energy technology demonstrations, zero-emission vehicles, food security and agriculture emissions, and green shipping at a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate convened by U.S. President Joe Biden June 17.

Ottawa has launched the first phase of its plan to offer interest-free loans to Canadians planning upgrades that will have a significant impact in reducing their homes’ environmental footprint.

Ottawa Launches $40,000 Loan for Home Energy Retrofits

Ottawa has launched the first phase of its plan to offer interest-free loans to Canadians planning upgrades that will have a significant impact in reducing their homes’ environmental footprint.

Germany is turning to offshore wind power to stabilize grid fluctuations for the first time, in what's being called a “milestone” for the country’s energy transition.

Germany Uses Offshore Wind to Stabilize Grid

Germany is turning to offshore wind power to stabilize grid fluctuations for the first time, in what’s being called a “milestone” for the country’s energy transition.

The countries of the world missed an “historic chance for a clean energy recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic and saw renewable energy stagnate due to a surge of fossil fuel subsidies last year, the REN 21 Secretariat reports this morning in its Renewables 2022 Global Status Report.

BREAKING: Energy Transition ‘Not Happening’ as Fossil Subsidies Fuel Historic Missed Opportunity

The countries of the world missed an “historic chance for a clean energy recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic and saw renewable energy stagnate due to a surge of fossil fuel subsidies last year, the REN 21 Secretariat reports this morning in its Renewables 2022 Global Status Report.

BlocPower’s Civilian Climate Corps provides paid, on-the-job training to New Yorkers who live in neighbourhoods with high rates of gun violence, aiming to start them on their way to a career in the city’s fast-growing green construction and clean energy trades.

Civilian Climate Corps Delivers Green Jobs, Training to Avert New York Gun Violence

BlocPower’s Civilian Climate Corps provides paid, on-the-job training to New Yorkers who live in neighbourhoods with high rates of gun violence, aiming to start them on their way to a career in the city’s fast-growing green construction and clean energy trades.

Deploying different energy storage technologies can optimize the use of increasing but intermittent renewable energy sources and enable the United States to fully shift off fossil-fuelled generation systems by mid-century, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) study concludes.

Storage Can Deliver Carbon-Free U.S. Grid, MIT Study Finds

Deploying different energy storage technologies can optimize the use of increasing but intermittent renewable energy sources and enable the United States to fully shift off fossil-fuelled generation systems by mid-century, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) study concludes.

Ukrainian state oil and gas company Naftogaz has announced a deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) and green hydrogen from Quebec, beginning in just five years.

Ukraine Signs Deal to Buy LNG, Green Hydrogen from Quebec

Ukrainian state oil and gas company Naftogaz has announced a deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) and green hydrogen from Quebec, beginning in just five years.

Unprecedented growth in Alberta’s renewable energy sector signifies a vital shift in the province’s energy economy, says the Pembina Institute, but another expert notes that Alberta’s power market also needs to be fixed—so that consumers aren’t overcharged for new grid infrastructure in the renewables boom.

‘Surge of Investment’ Brings Record Growth to Alberta Renewables Market

Unprecedented growth in Alberta’s renewable energy sector signifies a vital shift in the province’s energy economy, says the Pembina Institute, but another expert notes that Alberta’s power market also needs to be fixed—so that consumers aren’t overcharged for new grid infrastructure in the renewables boom.

The European Union’s plan to hit carbon neutrality by 2050 and support a 1.5°C limit on average global warming will require the continent to install 400 gigawatts of new solar and wind per year between 2025 and 2035, ramp up hydrogen production, and develop viable carbon capture technology, concludes a recent study by an energy systems specialist at Aarhus University in Denmark.

EU Needs 400 GW of Solar and Wind Per Year to Hit 1.5°C, Study Says

The European Union’s plan to hit carbon neutrality by 2050 and support a 1.5°C limit on average global warming will require the continent to install 400 gigawatts of new solar and wind per year between 2025 and 2035, ramp up hydrogen production, and develop viable carbon capture technology, concludes a recent study by an energy systems specialist at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Flower power of a different kind—a flower-shaped solar-powered microgrid, to be precise—stands ready to power a Saskatoon high school, and inspire its students.

Unique ‘Smartflower’ Microgrid to Power Saskatchewan High School

Flower power of a different kind—a flower-shaped solar-powered microgrid, to be precise—stands ready to power a Saskatoon high school, and inspire its students.

A new study dispels concerns that new wind farms will harm communities by lowering property values, showing that the facilities actually raise incomes and home prices in the rural United States.

Wind Farms Boost Incomes, Home Values in Rural U.S., Study Finds

A new study dispels concerns that new wind farms will harm communities by lowering property values, showing that the facilities actually raise incomes and home prices in the rural United States.

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced a two-year pause on a controversial tariff that was hobbling his country’s solar panel installation industry and imperiling his administration’s 2035 clean energy goal.

SOLAR GAIN: Biden Announces Tariff Relief for Imported Panels, New Supports for Domestic Manufacturing

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced a two-year pause on a controversial tariff that was hobbling his country’s solar panel installation industry and imperiling his administration’s 2035 clean energy goal.

Canada’s shift to local renewables is in full swing from coast to coast, with Indigenous-owned hydroelectric and heat pump projects afoot in British Columbia, a 21-megawatt solar and storage project under way in Prince Edward Island, and new wind turbines coming to New Brunswick.

Projects Push Renewables Ahead on Canada’s East, West Coasts

Canada’s shift to local renewables is in full swing from coast to coast, with Indigenous-owned hydroelectric and heat pump projects afoot in British Columbia, a 21-megawatt solar and storage project under way in Prince Edward Island, and new wind turbines coming to New Brunswick.

Three Cambridge engineers have filed to patent the world’s first emissions-free cement recycling process.

Cambridge Engineers Claim World’s First Zero-Emissions Cement

Three Cambridge engineers have filed to patent the world’s first emissions-free cement recycling process.

Tinkering with the planet's air to cool Earth's ever-warming climate is inching close enough to reality that two different high-powered groups—one consisting of scientists, the other involving former world leaders including former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell—are trying to come up with ethics and governing guidelines.

Scientists, Politicians Debate Ethics of ‘Climate Tinkering’

Tinkering with the planet’s air to cool Earth’s ever-warming climate is inching close enough to reality that two different high-powered groups—one consisting of scientists, the other involving former world leaders including former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell—are trying to come up with ethics and governing guidelines.

A lithium-ion battery recycler, a deep geothermal developer, an electric bus manufacturer, and start-ups working on energy storage, fuel cell, electrolyzer, carbon capture, and desalination technologies are among the fastest-growing green companies in Canada, according to the Future 50 list release last week by Corporate Knights.

‘Geometric Innovation’ Has Fastest-Growing Green Companies Drawing More Investment

A lithium-ion battery recycler, a deep geothermal developer, an electric bus manufacturer, and start-ups working on energy storage, fuel cell, electrolyzer, carbon capture, and desalination technologies are among the fastest-growing green companies in Canada, according to the Future 50 list release last week by Corporate Knights.

The current energy crisis is making “blue” hydrogen derived from natural gas with carbon capture even more impractical than it already was, raising broader questions about the use of gas to produce electricity, a new analysis concludes.

‘Big Wake-Up Call’ as Energy Crisis Makes Fossil Hydrogen a Bad Investment

The current energy crisis is making “blue” hydrogen derived from natural gas with carbon capture even more impractical than it already was, raising broader questions about the use of gas to produce electricity, a new analysis concludes.

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California Drought Raises Tensions As Water Scarcity Drives Unprecedented Measures

California’s unrelenting drought is straining the state’s resources and inflaming tensions in the legislature, as crucial drought relief policies and action are delayed by competing priorities like the pandemic, homelessness, and wildfires.

Calgary city staff have unveiled an $87-billion climate plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, deliver $80 billion in energy savings, and generate $60 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) by mid-century.

Calgary Introduces $87B Net-Zero Strategy

Calgary city staff have unveiled an $87-billion climate plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, deliver $80 billion in energy savings, and generate $60 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) by mid-century.

The recently-proposed HEATR Act could accelerate heat pump adoption in the United States, deliver cost savings for consumers, and attract support from both sides of the aisle, say two commentators from opposite sides of the country’s fraught political spectrum.

New U.S. Bill Could Spur Heat Pump Uptake, Speed Up Decarbonization

The recently-proposed HEATR Act could accelerate heat pump adoption in the United States, deliver cost savings for consumers, and attract support from both sides of the aisle, say two commentators from opposite sides of the country’s fraught political spectrum.

A trial of sheep grazing under solar panels in New South Wales could lead to further research, after local graziers claimed that panel-bedecked pastures better sustained feed supplies through drought and improved the wool quality of their flocks.

Sheep Grazed Under Solar Panels Produce Better Fleece in Australian Pilot

A trial of sheep grazing under solar panels in New South Wales could lead to further research, after local graziers claimed that panel-bedecked pastures better sustained feed supplies through drought and improved the wool quality of their flocks.

California is gaining pace on its clean energy targets, with five leases for a combined 380,000 acres of floating offshore wind development a step closer to being auctioned. The most populous state in the United States could serve as a “guiding light” in the energy transition, with research estimating that California could achieve 85% clean electricity by the end of the decade.

‘Modern-Day Gold Rush’ to Floating Offshore Wind Could Drive California Toward 85% Clean Power by 2030

California is gaining pace on its clean energy targets, with five leases for a combined 380,000 acres of floating offshore wind development a step closer to being auctioned. The most populous state in the United States could serve as a “guiding light” in the energy transition, with research estimating that California could achieve 85% clean electricity by the end of the decade.

With the provincial election just days away, a business group in Windsor is blaming the Ford government’s hostility to renewable energy for the loss of a C$2.5-billion investment from South Korean chemical giant LG Chem.

Ford’s ‘Lack of Foresight’ Costs Windsor $2.5B Battery Plant Investment, 1,000 Jobs

With the provincial election just days away, a business group in Windsor is blaming the Ford government’s hostility to renewable energy for the loss of a C$2.5-billion investment from South Korean chemical giant LG Chem.

A lethal combination of energy shortages and searing heat is poised to generate enormous suffering in many parts of the world this summer, especially for the poor, the elderly, and those living in Asia, southern Africa, eastern Europe, and the American Midwest.

Energy Shortages, Searing Heat to Produce Widespread Blackouts This Summer

A lethal combination of energy shortages and searing heat is poised to generate enormous suffering in many parts of the world this summer, especially for the poor, the elderly, and those living in Asia, southern Africa, eastern Europe, and the American Midwest.

The Biden administration has become the latest target of the Alberta government’s enduring sense of grievance, after Ambassador David Cohen declared a “return to civility” following the Trump years but expressed skepticism about increasing his country’s imports of Canadian oil and gas.

U.S. Ambassador Draws Alberta’s Ire by Favouring ‘Cleaner Energy’

The Biden administration has become the latest target of the Alberta government’s enduring sense of grievance, after Ambassador David Cohen declared a “return to civility” following the Trump years but expressed skepticism about increasing his country’s imports of Canadian oil and gas.

A South Korean solar panel maker announced last Thursday that it will expand its presence in Georgia, building a new US$171-million plant next to an existing factory in Dalton.

New Solar Plant in Georgia to Create 470 Jobs

A South Korean solar panel maker announced last Thursday that it will expand its presence in Georgia, building a new US$171-million plant next to an existing factory in Dalton.

Canada can achieve 100% zero-emission electricity by 2035 with an electricity system that prioritizes renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, and interprovincial transmission and avoids the pitfalls of nuclear generation, fossil gas, carbon capture and storage, and carbon offsets, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) concludes in a modelling study released this week.

Canada  Can Hit 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2035 Without Nuclear, CCS, Report Finds

Canada can achieve 100% zero-emission electricity by 2035 with an electricity system that prioritizes renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, and interprovincial transmission and avoids the pitfalls of nuclear generation, fossil gas, carbon capture and storage, and carbon offsets, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) concludes in a modelling study released this week.

If Australia’s 2019 federal election was about coal and preserving coal jobs, the 2022 campaign was about acting on climate change and addressing integrity and corruption issues at the federal level. This is the essential message from Australia’s complicated federal election result May 21, writes climate campaigner and citizen journalist John Englart.

Australia’s Climate Election: Voters Kick Morrison to the Curb

If Australia’s 2019 federal election was about coal and preserving coal jobs, the 2022 campaign was about acting on climate change and addressing integrity and corruption issues at the federal level. This is the essential message from Australia’s complicated federal election result May 21, writes climate campaigner and citizen journalist John Englart.

Invoking economic opportunity while avoiding language that conjures reduced choice or increased regulation—including the polarizing term ‘climate change’—is a key strategy to get renewable power projects approved in Republican states, say the authors of a new study.

Economic Opportunity, ‘Freedom’ Drive Red State Buy-In for Renewables

Invoking economic opportunity while avoiding language that conjures reduced choice or increased regulation—including the polarizing term ‘climate change’—is a key strategy to get renewable power projects approved in Republican states, say the authors of a new study.

Across the globe, peatlands are under threat and their destruction is contributing to climate change. In Canada, Europe, and the tropics, peatlands are being drained for urban, suburban, and infrastructure expansion, converted to dryland agriculture, and mined for fuel and the horticulture industry, researchers Rafael Ziegler, Magali Simard, Rahma Eldeeb write for The Conversation.

‘Wet Farming’ Essential to Restore Peatlands, Keep Warming Below 2°C

Across the globe, peatlands are under threat and their destruction is contributing to climate change. In Canada, Europe, and the tropics, peatlands are being drained for urban, suburban, and infrastructure expansion, converted to dryland agriculture, and mined for fuel and the horticulture industry, researchers Rafael Ziegler, Magali Simard, Rahma Eldeeb write for The Conversation.

A collection of power sector suppliers from around the world has introduced a Powering Net Zero Pact to

Power Sector Giants Promote ‘Fair, Just Transition to Net-Zero’

A collection of power sector suppliers from around the world has introduced a Powering Net Zero Pact to “promote a fair and just transition” to reduce emissions.

Police in the United Kingdom arrested 15 Greenpeace activists on Monday after they blocked a Russian tanker from docking in Essex. The campaigners said the tanker contained diesel fuel worth US$36.5 million that would fund Russia’s war in Ukraine.

UK Activists Block Russian Oil Tanker From Docking in Essex

Police in the United Kingdom arrested 15 Greenpeace activists on Monday after they blocked a Russian tanker from docking in Essex. The campaigners said the tanker contained diesel fuel worth US$36.5 million that would fund Russia’s war in Ukraine.

A floating tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy has been successfully connected to Nova Scotia’s grid, an undertaking that marks a milestone for Canada’s marine energy ambitions, say proponents, as the bay’s tidal resources could be harnessed for thousands of megawatts of clean energy in the future.

Floating Tidal Project Linked to Nova Scotia Grid in Canadian First

A floating tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy has been successfully connected to Nova Scotia’s grid, an undertaking that marks a milestone for Canada’s marine energy ambitions, say proponents, as the bay’s tidal resources could be harnessed for thousands of megawatts of clean energy in the future.

The Trudeau government is talking up prospects for a new gas export deal to Germany involving a project that has already been proposed and withdrawn, a gas field in the Alberta foothills that has drawn scrutiny from provincial regulators, a financing scheme that will likely need federal backing to succeed, a route that may need U.S. regulatory approval, and a timeline that will likely be cut short by Europe’s rapid decarbonization plans, The Energy Mix has learned.

EXCLUSIVE: Bid to Revive Doomed Nova Scotia LNG Project Collides with Germany’s Net-Zero Plans

The Trudeau government is talking up prospects for a new gas export deal to Germany involving a project that has already been proposed and withdrawn, a gas field in the Alberta foothills that has drawn scrutiny from provincial regulators, a financing scheme that will likely need federal backing to succeed, a route that may need U.S. regulatory approval, and a timeline that will likely be cut short by Europe’s rapid decarbonization plans, The Energy Mix has learned.

As distributed solar that put the technology closer to consumers, rather than at a centralized generating station, gains serious ground in the United States, distributed energy resources (DERs) are running into barriers in Canada, especially in Ontario.

Distributed Energy Matches New Gas Capacity in the U.S., Lags in Canada

As distributed solar that put the technology closer to consumers, rather than at a centralized generating station, gains serious ground in the United States, distributed energy resources (DERs) are running into barriers in Canada, especially in Ontario.

Canadian Solar Inc. has announced an investigation to determine whether any workers at its photovoltaic plant in China’s Xinjiang region were hired against their will, though the company claimed in the past it would be impossible to determine if its supply chain used forced labour.

Canadian Solar Announces Probe into Forced Labour Allegations

Canadian Solar Inc. has announced an investigation to determine whether any workers at its photovoltaic plant in China’s Xinjiang region were hired against their will, though the company claimed in the past it would be impossible to determine if its supply chain used forced labour.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Ontario's electricity system are set to increase more than 400% over the next two decades after the Doug Ford government cancelled a major wind farm and 758 smaller renewable energy projects, according to a forecast published by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator and reported by the Toronto Star.

Ontario Power Emissions to Rise 400% After Ford Cancels Hundreds of Renewables Projects

Greenhouse gas emissions from Ontario’s electricity system are set to increase more than 400% over the next two decades after the Doug Ford government cancelled a major wind farm and 758 smaller renewable energy projects, according to a forecast published by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator and reported by the Toronto Star.

New renewable energy capacity will exceed 300 gigawatts this year for the first time, with mounting concerns about climate change and energy security driving an 8% increase over 2021 despite rising costs and supply chain bottlenecks, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports this week in its annual renewables market update.

IEA Predicts Record Renewable Energy Expansion for 2022

New renewable energy capacity will exceed 300 gigawatts this year for the first time, with mounting concerns about climate change and energy security driving an 8% increase over 2021 despite rising costs and supply chain bottlenecks, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports this week in its annual renewables market update.

Climate change and social equity were both on the curriculum for the designers and builders of two new purpose-built schools in Washington, DC.

Two Washington, DC Public Schools Aim for Net-Zero Emissions

Climate change and social equity were both on the curriculum for the designers and builders of two new purpose-built schools in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Utilities Warn of Hazards, Rolling Blackouts as Heat Waves Increase Demand

Utilities across several states are warning of rolling blackouts caused by electricity shortages, as the United States braces itself for a summer of record-breaking heat waves that will drive up energy demand.

Substituting meat from cattle and other ruminants with microbial protein grown in bioreactors could greatly reduce deforestation and emissions from global meat consumption by mid-century, according to a study in the journal Nature.

Shift from Meat to Microbial Protein Could Cut Deforestation, Emissions by Half, Study Finds

Substituting meat from cattle and other ruminants with microbial protein grown in bioreactors could greatly reduce deforestation and emissions from global meat consumption by mid-century, according to a study in the journal Nature.

Europe will have 142 GW of electrolyzer projects operational by 2030, according to one estimate.

Europe to Reach 142 GW of Electrolyzer Capacity by 2030

Europe will have 142 GW of electrolyzer projects operational by 2030, according to one estimate.

Renewable energy delivered a record 83.8% of electricity demand in the Australian state of Victoria in the early afternoon of Easter Sunday, April 17, according to the NEMLog data collection site.

Renewables Supply 83.8% of Grid Power on Sunday Afternoon in Australia

Renewable energy delivered a record 83.8% of electricity demand in the Australian state of Victoria in the early afternoon of Easter Sunday, April 17, according to the NEMLog data collection site.

With the shift to renewable energy dependent on at least 100 times energy storage more by 2040, according to one estimate, engineers and material scientists the world over are working feverishly to come up with solutions.

Start-Ups Explore New Possibilities for Energy Storage

With the shift to renewable energy dependent on at least 100 times energy storage more by 2040, according to one estimate, engineers and material scientists the world over are working feverishly to come up with solutions.

Masdar has signed an agreement to build up to a gigawatt of new renewable energy projects in Kyrgyzstan.

Masdar, Kyrgyzstan Sign Deal for 1 GW of New Renewables

Masdar has signed an agreement to build up to a gigawatt of new renewable energy projects in Kyrgyzstan.

North Carolina is making a bad bet on biogas and biomass projects that contaminate the environment, raise environmental justice concerns, and “crowd out real clean energy solutions,” Inside Climate News reports in a recent exposé.

North Carolina Citizen Groups Decry Bad Bet on Bioenergy

North Carolina is making a bad bet on biogas and biomass projects that contaminate the environment, raise environmental justice concerns, and “crowd out real clean energy solutions,” Inside Climate News reports in a recent exposé.

Steel and mining multinational ArcelorMittal SA conducted a first, successful test of green hydrogen for the direct reduced iron (DRI) process at its plant in Contrecoeur, Quebec, the company announced last week.

Quebec Steel Plant Completes Successful Green Hydrogen Test

Steel and mining multinational ArcelorMittal SA conducted a first, successful test of green hydrogen for the direct reduced iron (DRI) process at its plant in Contrecoeur, Quebec, the company announced last week.

A new photovoltaic (PV) system designed by French company Ecovégétal increases energy yields by up to 10% by combining solar power generation with urban agriculture.

Innovative French System Combines PV Panels with Green Space

A new photovoltaic (PV) system designed by French company Ecovégétal increases energy yields by up to 10% by combining solar power generation with urban agriculture.

Montreal will mandate a zero-emission standard for all new construction beginning in 2025, Mayor Valérie Plante announced Tuesday.

Montreal Sets Zero-Emission Target for All New Buildings by 2025

Montreal will mandate a zero-emission standard for all new construction beginning in 2025, Mayor Valérie Plante announced Tuesday.

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Canada Risks Brownouts Without ‘Bigger, Cleaner, Smarter’ Grid by 2050

Canada’s electricity system will have to get bigger, cleaner, and smarter to help power the country’s net-zero transition, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes in a collection of three reports issued Wednesday.

With the Ontario election under way and party platforms rolling out, there aren’t very many dramatic differences among the climate and environment commitments from the three provincial opposition parties, a compendium released by 13 environmental organizations shows.

Climate Pledges Emerge as Ontario Party Platforms Roll Out

With the Ontario election under way and party platforms rolling out, there aren’t very many dramatic differences among the climate and environment commitments from the three provincial opposition parties, a compendium released by 13 environmental organizations shows.

The clean energy transition stands to suffer a major blow as wind turbine manufacturers struggle to maintain profitability due to vanishing subsidies, high materials costs, and supply chain issues worsened by the war in Ukraine.

Wind Industry Faces ‘Colossal Market Failure’ Under Strain of Ukraine War

The clean energy transition stands to suffer a major blow as wind turbine manufacturers struggle to maintain profitability due to vanishing subsidies, high materials costs, and supply chain issues worsened by the war in Ukraine.

Tokyu Railways in Japan has begun using only renewable power sources for train and station operation along its sprawling route between Tokyo and Yokohama, producing carbon dioxide reductions that it says are equivalent to the annual average emissions of 56,000 Japanese households.

Major Japanese Railway Completes Shift to 100% Renewables

Tokyu Railways in Japan has begun using only renewable power sources for train and station operation along its sprawling route between Tokyo and Yokohama, producing carbon dioxide reductions that it says are equivalent to the annual average emissions of 56,000 Japanese households.

Amid growing climate concerns and the falling price of renewables, Minnesota utility Xcel Energy is planning to replace the state’s largest coal plant—the Sherburne County Generating Station, known as Sherco—with solar arrays.

Minnesota Utility to Replace State’s Biggest Coal Plant with Solar

Amid growing climate concerns and the falling price of renewables, Minnesota utility Xcel Energy is planning to replace the state’s largest coal plant—the Sherburne County Generating Station, known as Sherco—with solar arrays.

A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don't have access.

Drought-Stricken Las Vegas Goes to Plan B as Lake Mead Water Intake Becomes Visible

A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don’t have access.

As an example of what some see as a key piece of the transition to clean energy, a community battery in a Perth, Australia, suburb won over some of the community’s residents by storing electricity from rooftop solar panels to distribute back to the grid.

Australian Suburb Connects Community Battery to Rooftop Solar

As an example of what some see as a key piece of the transition to clean energy, a community battery in a Perth, Australia, suburb won over some of the community’s residents by storing electricity from rooftop solar panels to distribute back to the grid.

India enjoyed a record year for new renewable energy capacity in 2020-21, at 13.5 gigawatts, but is still far off the momentum it needs to hit national targets.

India Must Accelerate Renewables to Achieve 2030 Goal

India enjoyed a record year for new renewable energy capacity in 2020-21, at 13.5 gigawatts, but is still far off the momentum it needs to hit national targets.

Etobicoke-based Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology has signed on to install North America’s biggest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system, at a student residence at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Mitrex to Install North America’s Biggest Building-Integrated PV System at Halifax Student Residence

Etobicoke-based Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology has signed on to install North America’s biggest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system, at a student residence at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

BC Hydro is falling short of its obligations to fund habitat conservation under the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, according to a brief from the B.C. Wildlife Federation and the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre that asks the provincial auditor general to look into the matter.

‘Tail Wags the Dog’ as BC Hydro Accused of Ignoring Habitat Conservation Duties

BC Hydro is falling short of its obligations to fund habitat conservation under the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, according to a brief from the B.C. Wildlife Federation and the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre that asks the provincial auditor general to look into the matter.

California generated 97% of its electricity from renewable energy sources on a Sunday afternoon last month.

California Grid Briefly Peaks at 97% Renewable

California generated 97% of its electricity from renewable energy sources on a Sunday afternoon last month.

Most new commercial and large multi-family buildings in Washington must install heat pumps under provisions of a revised energy code.

Washington State Mandates Heat Pumps for Commercial, Multi-Family Buildings

Most new commercial and large multi-family buildings in Washington must install heat pumps under provisions of a revised energy code.

A growing body of research published over the past two decades has found that most reservoirs, including those used for hydropower, aren’t emissions-free. Despite the green reputation of hydropower among policy-makers, some reservoirs emit significant amounts of methane, along with much smaller amounts of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.

New Research Shows Higher Methane Emissions from Hydropower

A growing body of research published over the past two decades has found that most reservoirs, including those used for hydropower, aren’t emissions-free. Despite the green reputation of hydropower among policy-makers, some reservoirs emit significant amounts of methane, along with much smaller amounts of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.

The world’s biggest solar+storage project is expected to include 20 gigawatts of solar capacity and 42 gigawatt-hours of battery capacity, enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 480 million tonnes per year, according to environmental impact documents filed last week with an Australian regulator.

World’s Biggest Solar+Storage Project Will Produce 20 GW, Offset 480 Million Tonnes of Emissions

The world’s biggest solar+storage project is expected to include 20 gigawatts of solar capacity and 42 gigawatt-hours of battery capacity, enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 480 million tonnes per year, according to environmental impact documents filed last week with an Australian regulator.

The pilot stage of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program was fully subscribed within 48 hours of its launch at the end of March, as homeowners raced to benefit from the promise of low-cost financing for climate-friendly improvements like solar panels and insulation upgrades.

Overwhelming Homeowner Interest Fills Edmonton Home Retrofit Pilot in 48 Hours

The pilot stage of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program was fully subscribed within 48 hours of its launch at the end of March, as homeowners raced to benefit from the promise of low-cost financing for climate-friendly improvements like solar panels and insulation upgrades.

Oil demand could peak by 2025 as the global energy transition gains momentum, and renewable energy is on track to become “the new baseload” by 2030, according to this year’s edition of the Global Energy Perspective report issued by McKinsey & Partners.

Oil Peaks by 2025, Renewables Become ‘New Baseload’ by 2030 in Latest McKinsey Analysis

Oil demand could peak by 2025 as the global energy transition gains momentum, and renewable energy is on track to become “the new baseload” by 2030, according to this year’s edition of the Global Energy Perspective report issued by McKinsey & Partners.

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Florida Governor Vetoes Effort to Slash Utility Payments for Rooftop Solar

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has unexpectedly vetoed a bill that would have slashed the rates that utilities have to pay rooftop solar owners who sell their surplus power back to the grid, a move that would have devastated the solar industry in the U.S. jurisdiction known as the Sunshine State.

South Melbourne, Australia-based Montem Resources has announced plans to pursue a renewable energy project at its Tent Mountain site in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass instead of its planned coal mine, but some environmental advocates remain suspicious of the company’s plans.

Montem’s Switch From Coal to Renewables Has Alberta Advocates On Alert

South Melbourne, Australia-based Montem Resources has announced plans to pursue a renewable energy project at its Tent Mountain site in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass instead of its planned coal mine, but some environmental advocates remain suspicious of the company’s plans.

Energy efficiency—using less energy to accomplish the same output—has long been championed as an effective way to cut emissions/ But the climate crisis now demands a carbon-cutting strategy where fuel conversion, not conservation, takes top priority, says an expert.

Time to Reinvent the Idea of Energy Efficiency, European Expert Says

Energy efficiency—using less energy to accomplish the same output—has long been championed as an effective way to cut emissions/ But the climate crisis now demands a carbon-cutting strategy where fuel conversion, not conservation, takes top priority, says an expert.

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator is checking in with stakeholders on a plan to invest US$10.4 billion in new transmission that would enable as much as 53 gigawatts of new wind, solar, hybrid, and stand-alone battery storage capacity.

MISO Sees $10.4B in New Transmission Supporting 53 GW of New Renewables

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator is checking in with stakeholders on a plan to invest US$10.4 billion in new transmission that would enable as much as 53 gigawatts of new wind, solar, hybrid, and stand-alone battery storage capacity.

In a U.S. state where coal is still king, solar energy is beginning to come on strong, as West Virginia gradually begins to prepare itself for the transition off fossil fuels.

Solar Begins to Emerge in Coal-Friendly West Virginia

In a U.S. state where coal is still king, solar energy is beginning to come on strong, as West Virginia gradually begins to prepare itself for the transition off fossil fuels.

Canada’s latest climate plan makes “overly optimistic” about the role of hydrogen, fails to map out a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities, relies on “aspirational numbers” for carbon capture and storage technology, and may ultimately fall short of the country’s 2030 emission reduction target, Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner Jerry DeMarco warned Tuesday.

‘Overly Optimistic’ Hydrogen Target Sows Doubt on Canada’s 2030 Climate Plan, Environment Commissioner Warns

Canada’s latest climate plan makes “overly optimistic” about the role of hydrogen, fails to map out a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities, relies on “aspirational numbers” for carbon capture and storage technology, and may ultimately fall short of the country’s 2030 emission reduction target, Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner Jerry DeMarco warned Tuesday.

America’s electric power system is undergoing radical change as it transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy. While the first decade of the 2000s saw huge growth in natural gas generation, and the 2010s were the decade of wind and solar, early signs suggest the innovation of the 2020s may be a boom in “hybrid” power plants.

‘Staggering’ List of U.S. Project Proposals Makes 2020s the Decade of Renewables+Storage

America’s electric power system is undergoing radical change as it transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy. While the first decade of the 2000s saw huge growth in natural gas generation, and the 2010s were the decade of wind and solar, early signs suggest the innovation of the 2020s may be a boom in “hybrid” power plants.

Binding, science-based climate targets, respect for Indigenous sovereignty, and investment in a “thriving, regenerative, zero-emissions economy” are the top demands from more than 125 organizations that were scheduled to launch the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign at the provincial legislature later today.

125 Ontario Groups Target Provincial Election Candidates with Emergency Climate Campaign

Binding, science-based climate targets, respect for Indigenous sovereignty, and investment in a “thriving, regenerative, zero-emissions economy” are the top demands from more than 125 organizations that were scheduled to launch the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign at the provincial legislature later today.

The Biden administration is scrapping old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, speeding an ongoing trend toward more efficient lighting that officials say will save households, schools, and businesses billions of dollars a year.

U.S. Scraps Incandescent Bulbs, Cuts 222 Megatonnes of Emissions Over 30 Years

The Biden administration is scrapping old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, speeding an ongoing trend toward more efficient lighting that officials say will save households, schools, and businesses billions of dollars a year.

Canada is on track to add 5.5 gigawatts of new solar and wind capacity this year, most of it in Alberta, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Canada to Add 5.5 GW of Solar and Wind in 2022

Canada is on track to add 5.5 gigawatts of new solar and wind capacity this year, most of it in Alberta, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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Bountiful Wind, Sun Boost German Renewable Power

Germany produced 25% more electricity from wind and solar in the first quarter of this year as a result of unusually windy and sunny weather, when compared with the first three months of last year.

Swedish state power company Vattenfall is beginning installation on the world’s biggest subsidy-free wind farm, the 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.

Vattenfall Starts Installation on World’s Biggest Subsidy-Free Wind Farm

Swedish state power company Vattenfall is beginning installation on the world’s biggest subsidy-free wind farm, the 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.

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‘Positively Electrifying’ Renewable Power Buy Will Be Quebec’s Biggest Ever

Quebec will issue two new requests for proposals for 2,300 megawatts of new wind and other renewable energy capacity, Premier François Legault announced last week during a visit to the province’s Gaspé region.

With pre-election announcements in full swing ahead of a June 2 vote, Ontario has shifted its net metering regulations to make it easier for homeowners, farms, and businesses to generate income from rooftop solar or other renewable energy systems by selling surplus electricity back to the grid.

Ontario Expands Solar Net Metering as Electricity Shortage Looms

With pre-election announcements in full swing ahead of a June 2 vote, Ontario has shifted its net metering regulations to make it easier for homeowners, farms, and businesses to generate income from rooftop solar or other renewable energy systems by selling surplus electricity back to the grid.

Natural gas-fired power generation in the United States peaked in 2020, and it will continue to fall as it competes with increasingly affordable wind and solar capacity, according to analysts who say renewables’ growth is being “supercharged” by rising fossil fuel costs and disruptions in energy security.

U.S. Sees Drop in Gas-Fired Power Production

Natural gas-fired power generation in the United States peaked in 2020, and it will continue to fall as it competes with increasingly affordable wind and solar capacity, according to analysts who say renewables’ growth is being “supercharged” by rising fossil fuel costs and disruptions in energy security.

Countries must accelerate their transition off fossil fuels, not abandon urgent climate action, as they scramble to replace oil and gas supplies from Russia in response to the war in Ukraine, the steering group of the Net-Zero Asset Owners Alliance declared earlier this month.

Speed Up Energy Transition, End Fossil Subsidies to Counter Russia’s Invasion, Asset Owners Urge

Countries must accelerate their transition off fossil fuels, not abandon urgent climate action, as they scramble to replace oil and gas supplies from Russia in response to the war in Ukraine, the steering group of the Net-Zero Asset Owners Alliance declared earlier this month.

Michigan’s biggest energy supplier will phase out coal in 2025, 15 years ahead of its original schedule, embrace low-carbon electricity options, and donate to a fund for low-income utility customers under a proposed settlement with Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Michigan Utility to Phase Out Coal by 2025, 15 Years Early, Install 8 GW of Solar by 2040

Michigan’s biggest energy supplier will phase out coal in 2025, 15 years ahead of its original schedule, embrace low-carbon electricity options, and donate to a fund for low-income utility customers under a proposed settlement with Attorney General Dana Nessel.

A late March day saw wind power generate more electricity in the United States than either coal or nuclear, for the first time on record.

Wind Surpasses Both Coal and Nuclear in U.S. First

A late March day saw wind power generate more electricity in the United States than either coal or nuclear, for the first time on record.

A diminutive, battery-powered cargo plane that looks like a cross between an Arctic tern and a helicopter is being built in Vermont, backed by the likes of Amazon and the United States military.

It’s A Bird! It’s A Helicopter! It’s a Flying Battery! as Zero-Emission Cargo Plane Takes Off

A diminutive, battery-powered cargo plane that looks like a cross between an Arctic tern and a helicopter is being built in Vermont, backed by the likes of Amazon and the United States military.

Climate and energy are on the ballot in France’s run-off election for president, as incumbent Emmanuel Macron and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen court the 7.7 million voters who supported far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round.

Macron Pledges Fossil Phaseout as Climate, Energy Security Enter French Presidential Election

Climate and energy are on the ballot in France’s run-off election for president, as incumbent Emmanuel Macron and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen court the 7.7 million voters who supported far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round.

In the early hours of Russia’s Ukraine invasion, two American non-profits devised a plan to send solar microgrids to a Ukrainian hospital and emergency power equipment to a refugee camp, sparking an energy transition as the devastation of war caused power outages across the country.

Ukraine Receives Two Solar Microgrids for Emergency Support

In the early hours of Russia’s Ukraine invasion, two American non-profits devised a plan to send solar microgrids to a Ukrainian hospital and emergency power equipment to a refugee camp, sparking an energy transition as the devastation of war caused power outages across the country.

The Seigneurie de Beaupré region northeast of Quebec City is in line to add three new wind farms totalling 1.2 gigawatts of capacity under a deal announced yesterday by renewable energy developer Boralex, Hydro-Québec, and Énergir, the gas distribution company formerly known as Gaz Métro.

Three New Wind Farms to Add 1.2 GW in Quebec

The Seigneurie de Beaupré region northeast of Quebec City is in line to add three new wind farms totalling 1.2 gigawatts of capacity under a deal announced yesterday by renewable energy developer Boralex, Hydro-Québec, and Énergir, the gas distribution company formerly known as Gaz Métro.

The Ontario government’s new hydrogen strategy reflects a “lobbyist feeding frenzy” and lacks “evidence, analysis, and critical thought,” says a climate policy expert.

Weak Ontario Hydrogen Strategy Mirrors Industry Wish List

The Ontario government’s new hydrogen strategy reflects a “lobbyist feeding frenzy” and lacks “evidence, analysis, and critical thought,” says a climate policy expert.

Germany’s energy security and climate policies leapt forward in a recently-announced Easter Package that outlines ambitious transition targets as the country struggles to unyoke itself from Russian oil.

Germany Unveils Ambitious Plan for Nearly 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

Germany’s energy security and climate policies leapt forward in a recently-announced Easter Package that outlines ambitious transition targets as the country struggles to unyoke itself from Russian oil.

One of the biggest gaps in the federal government’s long-awaited Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) is a reality the Trudeau government has no ability to control: its ability to deliver as promised depends on a provincial government in Ontario that has no intention of playing its part.

Analysis: Ontario Sabotages Ottawa’s 2030 Emissions Plan

One of the biggest gaps in the federal government’s long-awaited Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) is a reality the Trudeau government has no ability to control: its ability to deliver as promised depends on a provincial government in Ontario that has no intention of playing its part.

A company hoping to develop coal in Alberta's Rocky Mountains says it will decide by the end of June whether to convert its open-pit mine proposal into a renewable energy project.

Alberta Coal Company Mulls Shift to Green Hydrogen

A company hoping to develop coal in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains says it will decide by the end of June whether to convert its open-pit mine proposal into a renewable energy project.

A new study reconsiders energy efficiency as distinct from its carbon reduction potential and finds that it will still play a critical role in a successful transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Post-Carbon Economy Will Still Need Energy Efficiency, Analysis Shows

A new study reconsiders energy efficiency as distinct from its carbon reduction potential and finds that it will still play a critical role in a successful transition to a zero-carbon economy.

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UK Energy Plan Boosts Nuclear and Offshore Oil, Ignores Cheapest Paths to Cutting Carbon

Plans to build a up to eight giant new nuclear reactors plus a raft of small modular reactors as part of the new energy strategy announced yesterday by the British government were met with outrage by environmentalists and scientists.

The federal cabinet administered what one critic called a “slap in the face” to climate science with a decision today to approve the massive Bay du Nord oil and gas megaproject off the Newfoundland coast.

Ottawa Issues ‘Slap in the Face’ to Climate Science, Approves Bay du Nord Offshore Oil Megaproject

The federal cabinet administered what one critic called a “slap in the face” to climate science with a decision today to approve the massive Bay du Nord oil and gas megaproject off the Newfoundland coast.

On the very same day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its “now or never” plea to slam the brakes on carbon, Calgary-based Suncor Energy ditched its solar and wind assets—aiming instead to keep the combustion engine alive with hydrogen, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) tech.

Suncor Drops Solar and Wind Assets to Focus on Hydrogen, Biofuels, CCS

On the very same day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its “now or never” plea to slam the brakes on carbon, Calgary-based Suncor Energy ditched its solar and wind assets—aiming instead to keep the combustion engine alive with hydrogen, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) tech.

A price tag in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars, and a project scope akin to that of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1800s. That's the scale of the massive investment in Canada's electricity grid that experts say will be required in the near future, as the phaseout of fossil-fired power generation combined with a rapid increase in demand for electricity puts never-before-seen demands on this country's electrical grid.

‘Nation-Building’ Development of East-West Grid Will Enable Renewables, Cost Billions

A price tag in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars, and a project scope akin to that of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1800s. That’s the scale of the massive investment in Canada’s electricity grid that experts say will be required in the near future, as the phaseout of fossil-fired power generation combined with a rapid increase in demand for electricity puts never-before-seen demands on this country’s electrical grid.

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TransAlta Signs Deal with Facebook for 200-MW Oklahoma Wind Farm

Calgary-based electricity company TransAlta Corporation says it has signed a deal with Meta, under which the tech behemoth formerly known as Facebook will buy power generated at its new 200-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma.

With the options for holding global warming to 1.5°C quickly closing, countries must immediately phase down fossil fuel production, embrace low-carbon technologies that are already practical and affordable, mobilize citizens around the benefits of decarbonization, and increase low-carbon financing three- to six-fold, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in a 2,913-page report released yesterday.

‘Terrifying’ IPCC Report Chronicles ‘Fast Track to Climate Disaster’, Shows Narrowed Path to 1.5°C

With the options for holding global warming to 1.5°C quickly closing, countries must immediately phase down fossil fuel production, embrace low-carbon technologies that are already practical and affordable, mobilize citizens around the benefits of decarbonization, and increase low-carbon financing three- to six-fold, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in a 2,913-page report released yesterday.

Monday’s climate mitigation report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows it’s still possible to hold global warming to 1.5°C, with little or no overshoot and no reliance on speculative carbon dioxide removal technologies—but only with much faster government action and a sixfold increase in annual funding for solutions that work.

Slam Brakes on Carbon to Avert ‘Humanity’s Biggest Emergency’, IPCC Observers Urge

Monday’s climate mitigation report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows it’s still possible to hold global warming to 1.5°C, with little or no overshoot and no reliance on speculative carbon dioxide removal technologies—but only with much faster government action and a sixfold increase in annual funding for solutions that work.

The IPCC’s message on mitigation offers encouragement but leaves no room for any possible complacency: the evidence shows that humanity could contain global warming to no more than 1.5°C above the long-term average for most of human history, but only with rapid, deep reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions driving the climate emergency.

Pathways to 1.5°C Still Possible, But Only with Steep GHG Cuts, IPCC Concludes

The IPCC’s message on mitigation offers encouragement but leaves no room for any possible complacency: the evidence shows that humanity could contain global warming to no more than 1.5°C above the long-term average for most of human history, but only with rapid, deep reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions driving the climate emergency.

For the first time in the UN agency’s 34-year history, yesterday’s massive report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduces the language of “demand-side” action to the field of climate mitigation, with potential to reduce emissions by 40 to 70% in the places where people live, work, learn, and play.

RETHINKING DEMAND: Tackling Consumption Can Deliver 40-70% Cut in End Use Emissions

For the first time in the UN agency’s 34-year history, yesterday’s massive report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduces the language of “demand-side” action to the field of climate mitigation, with potential to reduce emissions by 40 to 70% in the places where people live, work, learn, and play.

The cost of electricity from renewables and batteries to store the energy they produce have come down so dramatically in last five years that they are out-competing fossil fuels in most places on the planet, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its climate mitigation report released yesterday.

ENERGY: IPCC Highlights Plummeting Cost of Solar, Batteries, Wind

The cost of electricity from renewables and batteries to store the energy they produce have come down so dramatically in last five years that they are out-competing fossil fuels in most places on the planet, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its climate mitigation report released yesterday.

If global warming is to be limited to 1.5°C by 2050, the world’s transport emissions need to fall by 59% from 2020 levels, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), calling for “transformative” changes in the sector in its latest mitigation report.

TRANSPORT: Sector Needs Major Overhaul to Meet Climate Targets, Says IPCC

If global warming is to be limited to 1.5°C by 2050, the world’s transport emissions need to fall by 59% from 2020 levels, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), calling for “transformative” changes in the sector in its latest mitigation report.

Greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industry have grown faster since 2000 than emissions from any other sector, and reducing them will be a challenge that requires coordinated action on all mitigation options, according to yesterday’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

INDUSTRY: Report Cites Electrification, Demand Reduction as Net-Zero Strategies

Greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industry have grown faster since 2000 than emissions from any other sector, and reducing them will be a challenge that requires coordinated action on all mitigation options, according to yesterday’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Provincial and territorial energy efficiency programs are failing to reach the 20% of Canadians who are struggling to cover their home energy costs, but federal investment can stop those households from being left behind in the push for net-zero emissions, Efficiency Canada says in a new report.

Provincial Energy Efficiency Programs Fail to Tackle Energy Poverty, New Analysis Warns

Provincial and territorial energy efficiency programs are failing to reach the 20% of Canadians who are struggling to cover their home energy costs, but federal investment can stop those households from being left behind in the push for net-zero emissions, Efficiency Canada says in a new report.

A new multi-state consortium led by New York is forming partnerships with a group of 40 clean power companies, utilities, and universities to curb emissions by developing a regional clean energy hydrogen hub.

Multi-State Partnership Paves the Way for U.S. Green Hydrogen Hub

A new multi-state consortium led by New York is forming partnerships with a group of 40 clean power companies, utilities, and universities to curb emissions by developing a regional clean energy hydrogen hub.

Sustaining the current 20% compound annual growth rate of solar and wind out to 2030 will keep hopes of limiting global heating to 1.5°C very much alive, says the UK-based non-profit Ember in its third annual global electricity review.

Torrid Annual Growth Puts Wind, Solar On Track to Meet Climate Goals

Sustaining the current 20% compound annual growth rate of solar and wind out to 2030 will keep hopes of limiting global heating to 1.5°C very much alive, says the UK-based non-profit Ember in its third annual global electricity review.

As it seeks to decarbonize the grid, Canada’s “balkanized” power sector has much to learn from longstanding Nordic co-operation, policy advisor Shawn McCarthy writes in a recent case study for the Canadian Climate Institute.

Nordic Cooperation on Electricity Holds Big Lessons For Canada, Case Study Finds

As it seeks to decarbonize the grid, Canada’s “balkanized” power sector has much to learn from longstanding Nordic co-operation, policy advisor Shawn McCarthy writes in a recent case study for the Canadian Climate Institute.

The fossil and transportation sectors get a relatively free ride and electricity producers do the most to decarbonize in the much-anticipated 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan released yesterday by Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Easier Ride for Fossils, But $9.1B in Climate Funding as Ottawa Releases 2030 Plan

The fossil and transportation sectors get a relatively free ride and electricity producers do the most to decarbonize in the much-anticipated 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan released yesterday by Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Canada’s National Research Council has quietly released a new set of national building codes that show how provincial and territorial governments—which actually hold authority for codes and standards—can make new buildings net-zero ready by 2030.

New Model Building Code Shows Steps to Net-Zero Ready Buildings by 2030

Canada’s National Research Council has quietly released a new set of national building codes that show how provincial and territorial governments—which actually hold authority for codes and standards—can make new buildings net-zero ready by 2030.

A new study points to geothermal energy as an untapped resource that could stabilize energy grids and support decarbonization of the world’s megacities, which are seeing increasing energy needs as urban populations rise.

Geothermal Energy Could Help Decarbonize Megacities’ Grids, Study Finds

A new study points to geothermal energy as an untapped resource that could stabilize energy grids and support decarbonization of the world’s megacities, which are seeing increasing energy needs as urban populations rise.

An agreement by a Michigan public utility to expand its low-income efficiency programs and study how the energy burden of vulnerable households can be reduced is being hailed by environmental justice advocates as a crucial move towards fighting energy inequality.

Michigan Utility Takes ‘Critical Step’ to Expand Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

An agreement by a Michigan public utility to expand its low-income efficiency programs and study how the energy burden of vulnerable households can be reduced is being hailed by environmental justice advocates as a crucial move towards fighting energy inequality.

Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is good reason to “crank with wartime urgency” the mass insulation of buildings and deployment of renewables, energy conservation pioneer Amory Lovins declares in an interview with the Guardian.

Shift to Energy Efficiency Could Pressure Putin, Says Conservation Pioneer Lovins

Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is good reason to “crank with wartime urgency” the mass insulation of buildings and deployment of renewables, energy conservation pioneer Amory Lovins declares in an interview with the Guardian.

European environmental law charity ClientEarth is launching a legal action against colossal fossil Shell and its board of directors, and inviting other Shell shareholders to join the fight.

Shell ‘Breached Legal Duties’ by Mismanaging Climate Risk, Lawsuit Alleges

European environmental law charity ClientEarth is launching a legal action against colossal fossil Shell and its board of directors, and inviting other Shell shareholders to join the fight.

Using a combination of solar panels and a hydrogel that sucks water vapour out of the air, a test project run by environmental engineers in Saudi Arabia successfully grew a crop of water spinach last summer using only the water generated by a novel green energy system, known as WEC2P.

Saudi Researchers Use Solar to Capture Water Vapour, Grow Crops in Desert Heat

Using a combination of solar panels and a hydrogel that sucks water vapour out of the air, a test project run by environmental engineers in Saudi Arabia successfully grew a crop of water spinach last summer using only the water generated by a novel green energy system, known as WEC2P.

Canada's oil and gas producers can hike output by the equivalent of 300,000 barrels a day by the end of the year to help displace Russian fossil fuels, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Thursday.

Canada Pledges More Oil for Europe, but Fossil Industry May Not Deliver

Canada’s oil and gas producers can hike output by the equivalent of 300,000 barrels a day by the end of the year to help displace Russian fossil fuels, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Thursday.

Canada’s first-ever green bond raised $5 billion for environmentally focused projects this Tuesday, after a week-long issuance period that showed investors willing to buy more than twice the value of assets on offer.

Canada’s First Green Bond Raises $5B, Leaves Investors Wanting More

Canada’s first-ever green bond raised $5 billion for environmentally focused projects this Tuesday, after a week-long issuance period that showed investors willing to buy more than twice the value of assets on offer.

Iron & Earth has launched a new online tool to help Canadian fossil fuel workers move into careers in the net-zero economy, matching their skills to trades and administration positions in wind, solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging, and more.

New Online Tool Matches Canadian Oil and Gas Workers With Renewables Jobs

Iron & Earth has launched a new online tool to help Canadian fossil fuel workers move into careers in the net-zero economy, matching their skills to trades and administration positions in wind, solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging, and more.

The federal Liberals and New Democrats must make good use of the next three-plus years of political stability by embracing more decisive climate action than they promised in the supply and confidence agreement (CSA) unveiled yesterday, leading climate policy analysts have told The Energy Mix.

Liberal-NDP Deal Delivers More Stability, Not Enough Climate Action, Analysts Warn

The federal Liberals and New Democrats must make good use of the next three-plus years of political stability by embracing more decisive climate action than they promised in the supply and confidence agreement (CSA) unveiled yesterday, leading climate policy analysts have told The Energy Mix.

An announcement that Germany’s emissions increased last year has put pressure on the country to expand its renewable energy infrastructure or risk delaying its climate goals.

Germany’s Carbon Emissions Rise, Putting Climate Goals in Peril

An announcement that Germany’s emissions increased last year has put pressure on the country to expand its renewable energy infrastructure or risk delaying its climate goals.

Flying less is currently the only path to rapid reduction in aviation emissions, and will remain so for longer than necessary if the aviation industry fails to grasp that its survival depends on embracing climate-friendly technological innovation, a veteran climate and aviation analyst warns.

Grounding Airline Emissions Means Flying Less, Advocates Conclude

Flying less is currently the only path to rapid reduction in aviation emissions, and will remain so for longer than necessary if the aviation industry fails to grasp that its survival depends on embracing climate-friendly technological innovation, a veteran climate and aviation analyst warns.

The United Kingdom could eliminate all need for imported Russian gas this year and cut average home heating costs by £150 by embracing insulation and heat pumps, encouraging consumers to change their energy habits, and relying more on renewable energy, the E3G climate consultancy concludes in an analysis released last week.

‘Not That Hard to Grasp’: UK Could Eliminate Need for Russian Gas with Insulation, Heat Pumps, Renewables

The United Kingdom could eliminate all need for imported Russian gas this year and cut average home heating costs by £150 by embracing insulation and heat pumps, encouraging consumers to change their energy habits, and relying more on renewable energy, the E3G climate consultancy concludes in an analysis released last week.

Royal Bank of Canada, Shopify, and Bullfrog Power Inc. have signed a deal to buy a combined 90,000 megawatt-hours per year from a Berkshire Hathaway wind power project in southeast Alberta.

RBC, Shopify to Buy Power from Alberta Wind Farm

Royal Bank of Canada, Shopify, and Bullfrog Power Inc. have signed a deal to buy a combined 90,000 megawatt-hours per year from a Berkshire Hathaway wind power project in southeast Alberta.

After a decades-long effort, an international study team is reporting “promising” first steps in using sunlight to convert captured carbon dioxide into fuel.

Research Aims to Use Sunlight to Turn Captured CO2 into Fuel

After a decades-long effort, an international study team is reporting “promising” first steps in using sunlight to convert captured carbon dioxide into fuel.

The horrific news from Vladimir Putin’s invasion, coupled with a history of family experience with war, escape, and loss, has a Montreal clean energy executive on a mission to raise $100,000 for emergency relief in Ukraine.

Clean Energy Professionals for Ukraine Raises Funds for Emergency Relief

The horrific news from Vladimir Putin’s invasion, coupled with a history of family experience with war, escape, and loss, has a Montreal clean energy executive on a mission to raise $100,000 for emergency relief in Ukraine.

With the war in Ukraine triggering a secondary crisis in gas heating costs across Europe, “tackling poor quality homes in marginal constituencies could swing election success,” the United Kingdom’s Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) concludes in a report released last week.

Energy Efficiency ‘Could Swing Electoral Success’ in 40 UK Constituencies

With the war in Ukraine triggering a secondary crisis in gas heating costs across Europe, “tackling poor quality homes in marginal constituencies could swing election success,” the United Kingdom’s Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) concludes in a report released last week.

A group of 16 community renewable energy co-ops from seven provinces is fighting an uphill battle for recognition, nearly a month after urging the federal government to make it easier for Canadians to invest in locally-owned and -generated electricity.

Renewable Energy Co-ops See Scant Federal Interest in Locally-Owned Power

A group of 16 community renewable energy co-ops from seven provinces is fighting an uphill battle for recognition, nearly a month after urging the federal government to make it easier for Canadians to invest in locally-owned and -generated electricity.

With extreme weather wreaking havoc on power lines, experts are turning their attention to emerging transmission technologies, and have named four companies to watch as the United States ramps up renewables-based electrification.

Industry Newsletter Cites 4 Transmission Techs to Watch as Electrification Gains Pace

With extreme weather wreaking havoc on power lines, experts are turning their attention to emerging transmission technologies, and have named four companies to watch as the United States ramps up renewables-based electrification.

Like wind and solar, tidal and other forms of marine power consume no fossil fuels and produce no carbon emissions. Freelance writer Alexander Gelfand dives into why tidal has been so slow to develop.

Developers Look for ‘Sea Change’ in Tidal Power Development

Like wind and solar, tidal and other forms of marine power consume no fossil fuels and produce no carbon emissions. Freelance writer Alexander Gelfand dives into why tidal has been so slow to develop.

A recent solar technology breakthrough from UK scientists brings “wearable solar” one step closer to commercial production and could greatly expand the amount of solar power generated by weaving the microscopic technology into daily living.

Breakthrough Technologies Raise Hopes for ‘Wearable Solar’ Within a Decade

A recent solar technology breakthrough from UK scientists brings “wearable solar” one step closer to commercial production and could greatly expand the amount of solar power generated by weaving the microscopic technology into daily living.

China’s dual status as both the world’s top coal consumer and renewable energy developer raises questions about whether the country is meeting its climate pledges, but some analysts say focusing on these two domestic factors misses the larger picture of China’s role in the international energy transition.

China Carving Out Key Role in Global Energy Transition, Say Analysts

China’s dual status as both the world’s top coal consumer and renewable energy developer raises questions about whether the country is meeting its climate pledges, but some analysts say focusing on these two domestic factors misses the larger picture of China’s role in the international energy transition.

Following a dramatic pledge yesterday to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by 65% this year and phase out all Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030”, the European Union is under pressure to replace gas from all sources through a rapid transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

EU to Cut Russian Gas Use 65% This Year as Analysts Urge Faster Shift to Renewables

Following a dramatic pledge yesterday to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by 65% this year and phase out all Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030”, the European Union is under pressure to replace gas from all sources through a rapid transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Global carbon dioxide emissions from energy hit a record high of 36.3 billion tonnes (gigatonnes) in 2021, the International Energy Agency reported yesterday, with an “extremely rapid economic recovery” translating into higher emissions from fuel burning and industrial processes and China accounting for the largest share of the increase.

CO2 Emissions from Energy Hit All-Time High of 36.3 Billion Tonnes in 2021

Global carbon dioxide emissions from energy hit a record high of 36.3 billion tonnes (gigatonnes) in 2021, the International Energy Agency reported yesterday, with an “extremely rapid economic recovery” translating into higher emissions from fuel burning and industrial processes and China accounting for the largest share of the increase.

Hawaiian households with rooftop solar will soon be rewarded for sharing electricity with the grid at peak hours, while in California, three utilities are pushing to make solar-equipped homes pay extra fees as their monthly power bills go down.

Hawaii Offers Cash Bonus for Solar Homes Sending Power to the Grid

Hawaiian households with rooftop solar will soon be rewarded for sharing electricity with the grid at peak hours, while in California, three utilities are pushing to make solar-equipped homes pay extra fees as their monthly power bills go down.

Over the past two decades, energy efficiency measures in Canada have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 55 megatonnes (Mt) and saved C$26 billion in energy costs for consumers, according to a report from Natural Resources Canada.

Canada Reports ‘Significant Impacts’ from Energy Efficiency

Over the past two decades, energy efficiency measures in Canada have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 55 megatonnes (Mt) and saved C$26 billion in energy costs for consumers, according to a report from Natural Resources Canada.

With Vladimir Putin’s devastating war in Ukraine now well into its second week, news coverage and commentary are turning to the steps other European countries can take to break their dependence on Russian oil and gas, once and for all.

Analysis: From Gas to Renewables to Efficiency, Putin’s War Has EU Scrambling for Energy Independence

With Vladimir Putin’s devastating war in Ukraine now well into its second week, news coverage and commentary are turning to the steps other European countries can take to break their dependence on Russian oil and gas, once and for all.

New Brunswick’s provincial utility and its government must work together to ensure that low- and middle-income households can afford energy retrofits, a new report says, in a critique of the province’s failure to make energy efficiency accessible to all.

New Brunswick Auditor General Rebukes Funding Gap for Energy Retrofits

New Brunswick’s provincial utility and its government must work together to ensure that low- and middle-income households can afford energy retrofits, a new report says, in a critique of the province’s failure to make energy efficiency accessible to all.

A wind turbine should be up and running in Inuvik, NWT by early 2023, reducing the territory’s annual emissions by 6,000 tonnes and saving the NWT Power Corporation (NTPC) C$3 million in diesel costs—though how much of these savings will be passed down to households remains uncertain.

Inuvik Wind Turbine to Cut Diesel Costs $3M by 2023

A wind turbine should be up and running in Inuvik, NWT by early 2023, reducing the territory’s annual emissions by 6,000 tonnes and saving the NWT Power Corporation (NTPC) C$3 million in diesel costs—though how much of these savings will be passed down to households remains uncertain.

An auction for the right to generate wind power off the coast of New York and New Jersey yielded record-breaking bids totalling US$4.37 billion—more than 10 times the amount of the previous offshore wind lease.

U.S. Offshore Wind Auction Yields Record $4.37B in Bids

An auction for the right to generate wind power off the coast of New York and New Jersey yielded record-breaking bids totalling US$4.37 billion—more than 10 times the amount of the previous offshore wind lease.

Renewable energy supplied 21.02% of the United States’ total electrical generation in 2021, coming in 5% ahead of forecasts made by the nation’s energy information agency.

Solar Emerges as America’s Fastest-Growing Electricity Source as Renewables Top Forecasts

Renewable energy supplied 21.02% of the United States’ total electrical generation in 2021, coming in 5% ahead of forecasts made by the nation’s energy information agency.

Canada’s push to require energy efficiency audits for houses before they’re listed for sale is drawing flak from the real estate sector, even if it’s a basic building block for the amped-up energy efficiency effort the country needs to pursue.

Canada Plans Mandatory Energy Audits Before All Home Sales

Canada’s push to require energy efficiency audits for houses before they’re listed for sale is drawing flak from the real estate sector, even if it’s a basic building block for the amped-up energy efficiency effort the country needs to pursue.

As concerns about climate change intensify, companies in British Columbia and Alberta are part of a growing push globally to use waste to its full potential as renewable natural gas.

B.C., Alberta Companies Look to Produce Renewable Gas from Organic Waste

As concerns about climate change intensify, companies in British Columbia and Alberta are part of a growing push globally to use waste to its full potential as renewable natural gas.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth day, with colossal fossil BP pulling its US$14-billion investment in state oil company Rosneft, analysts are pointing to fossil fuels as both a cause and a beneficiary of an intense and brutal war, while others urge a faster transition to renewable energy as an antidote to Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Analysis: Fossil Fuel Demand Funds Ukraine War as Putin Grabs for Influence

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth day, with colossal fossil BP pulling its US$14-billion investment in state oil company Rosneft, analysts are pointing to fossil fuels as both a cause and a beneficiary of an intense and brutal war, while others urge a faster transition to renewable energy as an antidote to Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

British Columbia’s emissions reduction plan is “based on a fantasy” of bountiful hydroelectric power, and should be replaced with an effort to expand solar and wind capacity while promoting energy efficiency, a new report urges provincial policy-makers.

B.C.’s ‘Fantasy’ Emissions Reduction Plan Will Lead to Energy Crunch, Experts Warn

British Columbia’s emissions reduction plan is “based on a fantasy” of bountiful hydroelectric power, and should be replaced with an effort to expand solar and wind capacity while promoting energy efficiency, a new report urges provincial policy-makers.

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) will spend the next five years looking for the most cost-effective ways to conduct energy retrofits on up to 150 homes and identifying barriers to net-zero-ready performance, under a C$4.5-million grant announced last week by Natural Resources Canada.

Homebuilders’ New Retrofit Project Targets 150 Units, Raises Questions about Impact

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) will spend the next five years looking for the most cost-effective ways to conduct energy retrofits on up to 150 homes and identifying barriers to net-zero-ready performance, under a C$4.5-million grant announced last week by Natural Resources Canada.

The European Union has adopted legislation that gives member states until 2024 to implement a new road toll system that offers discounts of at least 50% on distance-based road tolls as an incentive for zero-emission trucks.

New EU Toll System to Encourage Green Trucking

The European Union has adopted legislation that gives member states until 2024 to implement a new road toll system that offers discounts of at least 50% on distance-based road tolls as an incentive for zero-emission trucks.

The Church of England is facing stiff criticism for its continuing investments in colossal fossils ExxonMobil, Shell, TotalÉnergies, and BP and biofuel giant Drax, with campaigners pointing to close ties between some church leadership, fossil firms, and some of the banks that continue to prop them up.

Church of England Faces Pressure to Divest as Campaigners Connect Senior Leaders to Fossil Industry

The Church of England is facing stiff criticism for its continuing investments in colossal fossils ExxonMobil, Shell, TotalÉnergies, and BP and biofuel giant Drax, with campaigners pointing to close ties between some church leadership, fossil firms, and some of the banks that continue to prop them up.

As climate awareness increases in the United Kingdom—and energy prices soar—interest in either building or retrofitting to the Passivhaus green building standard is skyrocketing.  

Passivhaus Buildings Gain Popularity in UK as Fuel Costs Rise, Climate Concerns Grow

As climate awareness increases in the United Kingdom—and energy prices soar—interest in either building or retrofitting to the Passivhaus green building standard is skyrocketing.  

As the shipping industry struggles to find ways to cut back emissions, three companies are designing prototype technologies to charge ships from offshore wind farms.

Offshore Wind Farms Could Soon Power Electric Shipping

As the shipping industry struggles to find ways to cut back emissions, three companies are designing prototype technologies to charge ships from offshore wind farms.

At least 14 people are dead in Northern Europe after the region was battered by its third major storm in five days, with heavy rains and high winds disrupting travel and prompting hundreds of flood alerts across an area still recovering from last week's hurricane-force winds.

14 Dead as Third Major Storm Batters Northern Europe­

At least 14 people are dead in Northern Europe after the region was battered by its third major storm in five days, with heavy rains and high winds disrupting travel and prompting hundreds of flood alerts across an area still recovering from last week’s hurricane-force winds.

A new, binational investment platform is mobilizing nearly US$4.5 billion for a menu of regional sustainability projects across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region that includes home energy retrofits, solar development, and efforts to reclaim abandoned coal mining lands for forestry.

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Investment Platform Draws $4.5B for Efficiency, Renewables, Reforestation Projects

A new, binational investment platform is mobilizing nearly US$4.5 billion for a menu of regional sustainability projects across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region that includes home energy retrofits, solar development, and efforts to reclaim abandoned coal mining lands for forestry.

The small modular reactor (SMR) that Oregon-based NuScale Power has been developing since the turn of the century is “too late, too expensive, too risky, and too uncertain,” according to an analysis conducted by an American think tank that recommends the project be abandoned.

U.S. Small Modular Reactor Design ‘Too Late, Too Risky’, Analyst Concludes

The small modular reactor (SMR) that Oregon-based NuScale Power has been developing since the turn of the century is “too late, too expensive, too risky, and too uncertain,” according to an analysis conducted by an American think tank that recommends the project be abandoned.

Australia’s biggest coal-fired power plant is set to close in 2025, seven years ahead of schedule, and the energy minister in New South Wales says the state will have enough reliable, affordable electricity to keep the lights on—thanks in part to a new “super battery” the government plans to build.

Australia’s Biggest Coal Plant to Close in 2025, Seven Years Early

Australia’s biggest coal-fired power plant is set to close in 2025, seven years ahead of schedule, and the energy minister in New South Wales says the state will have enough reliable, affordable electricity to keep the lights on—thanks in part to a new “super battery” the government plans to build.

Recycled lithium-ion batteries may outclass their newly-mined counterparts and alleviate the environmental problems and materials shortages plaguing the battery industry, thanks to a new process that delivers superior electrochemical performance.

New Technique Could Help Recycled Lithium-Ion Batteries Outperform Brand New Ones 

Recycled lithium-ion batteries may outclass their newly-mined counterparts and alleviate the environmental problems and materials shortages plaguing the battery industry, thanks to a new process that delivers superior electrochemical performance.

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Corn-Based Ethanol May Be Worse for Climate than Gasoline, Study Reveals

Corn-based ethanol may have worse environmental impacts than fossil fuels, according to a new study that concludes the United States biofuel program has failed to meet emissions targets while delivering negatives impacts on water quality, land used for conservation, and other ecosystem processes.

Georgia Power plans to shut down nearly all its oil and coal plants in favour of natural gas and solar over the next three years, but critics say the utility needs to put greater emphasis on energy efficiency projects.

Add Energy Efficiency to Decarbonization Plan, Advocates Tell Georgia Power

Georgia Power plans to shut down nearly all its oil and coal plants in favour of natural gas and solar over the next three years, but critics say the utility needs to put greater emphasis on energy efficiency projects.

A new machine learning model is shedding light on the often devastating impacts of new dams on water temperature, and may help policy-makers and engineers mitigate the harm to river ecosystems of the more than 3,700 structures lining up for construction worldwide.

Prediction Tool Could Help Limit New Dams’ Ecosystem Impacts

A new machine learning model is shedding light on the often devastating impacts of new dams on water temperature, and may help policy-makers and engineers mitigate the harm to river ecosystems of the more than 3,700 structures lining up for construction worldwide.

The conflict between using land for renewable energy and protecting land essential for biodiversity isn’t as severe as it sometimes seems, according to new research that recommends policy and regulatory controls as a solution.

New Study Deflates Conflict Between Renewables Development, Protected Areas

The conflict between using land for renewable energy and protecting land essential for biodiversity isn’t as severe as it sometimes seems, according to new research that recommends policy and regulatory controls as a solution.

Bath Abbey—a tourist site and a place of architectural, cultural, and spiritual significance in England—could cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 10 tonnes and meet 35% of its electricity needs by installing solar panels, making it just one example of how decarbonization can help cut costs for historic buildings that usually have poor energy efficiency and disproportionately high demand, researchers say.

Solar Could Help Inefficient Historic Buildings Cut Energy Costs, Researchers Say

Bath Abbey—a tourist site and a place of architectural, cultural, and spiritual significance in England—could cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 10 tonnes and meet 35% of its electricity needs by installing solar panels, making it just one example of how decarbonization can help cut costs for historic buildings that usually have poor energy efficiency and disproportionately high demand, researchers say.

The practical pathways to align power utility planning with future climate goals—from market transformation in regions that still depend heavily on fossil fuels, to a just transition for workers and communities—were the focus of a late January webinar hosted by Energy Central and the Utility 2030 Collaborative.

Utilities’ Place in a Net-Zero Future Depends on Just Transition, Regional Grid Policies

The practical pathways to align power utility planning with future climate goals—from market transformation in regions that still depend heavily on fossil fuels, to a just transition for workers and communities—were the focus of a late January webinar hosted by Energy Central and the Utility 2030 Collaborative.

A company in Toronto is installing North America’s biggest solar wall to date, a 7,000-square-foot system located in an industrial area of Rexdale Blvd. in west-end Etobicoke.

New Solar Wall in Toronto is North America’s Biggest Ever

A company in Toronto is installing North America’s biggest solar wall to date, a 7,000-square-foot system located in an industrial area of Rexdale Blvd. in west-end Etobicoke.

The fossil era is ending, zero-carbon electrification is imperative, and Africa stands rich in all that will be necessary to secure safer, more sustainable, and much wealthier lives for its peoples, says the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) in a recent working paper.

Africa Can Hit Zero-Carbon by 2050, Experts Say

The fossil era is ending, zero-carbon electrification is imperative, and Africa stands rich in all that will be necessary to secure safer, more sustainable, and much wealthier lives for its peoples, says the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) in a recent working paper.

The United Kingdom should focus on installing electric heat pumps and improving energy efficiency in homes rather than shifting to hydrogen-powered heating, says a recent report on decarbonizing the country’s natural gas networks.

UK Homes Need Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency, Not Hydrogen, Study Concludes

The United Kingdom should focus on installing electric heat pumps and improving energy efficiency in homes rather than shifting to hydrogen-powered heating, says a recent report on decarbonizing the country’s natural gas networks.

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Winter Storm Brings Memories of Past Texas Grid Failure

A winter storm left more than 50,000 Texans without electricity last week, despite Governor Greg Abbott’s reassurance that “the lights will stay on” this time, a year after a severe winter cold snap left millions in darkness and caused hundreds of deaths.

Ontario has announced a new voluntary registry for businesses that want credit for using non-emitting electricity, both renewable and nuclear.

Ontario Announces Registry for Clean Energy Credits

Ontario has announced a new voluntary registry for businesses that want credit for using non-emitting electricity, both renewable and nuclear.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday extended tariffs imposed by Donald Trump on most solar panels imported from China and other countries. But in a nod to his efforts to combat climate change and boost clean energy, Biden loosened restrictions on some panels used in large-scale utility projects.

Biden Extends Trump Solar Tariff, Loosens Restrictions on Bifacial Panels

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday extended tariffs imposed by Donald Trump on most solar panels imported from China and other countries. But in a nod to his efforts to combat climate change and boost clean energy, Biden loosened restrictions on some panels used in large-scale utility projects.

Higher prices for coking coal, driven by declining investment in new coal mines, may push steelmakers into a faster shift to low-carbon production methods, according to new analysis by McKinsey & Company.

Failing Coal Investment, Rising Prices Could Drive Faster Shift to Green Steel

Higher prices for coking coal, driven by declining investment in new coal mines, may push steelmakers into a faster shift to low-carbon production methods, according to new analysis by McKinsey & Company.

Nearly 60% of Canadians think clean energy will be “very important” in the Canadian economy in 10 years, compared to fewer than 30% who say the same about oil and gas, according to the latest round of opinion research conducted by Abacus Data for Clean Energy Canada.

Canadians See Future Economy Built on Clean Energy, Not Fossils, National Survey Finds

Nearly 60% of Canadians think clean energy will be “very important” in the Canadian economy in 10 years, compared to fewer than 30% who say the same about oil and gas, according to the latest round of opinion research conducted by Abacus Data for Clean Energy Canada.

Hydro-Québec has signed a 40-year deal to buy 1.5 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 90,000 homes, from a private hydropower operator in the province’s Outaouais region.

Quebec Utility Signs 40-Year Purchase Deal with Private Hydro Operator

Hydro-Québec has signed a 40-year deal to buy 1.5 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 90,000 homes, from a private hydropower operator in the province’s Outaouais region.

Nova Scotia Power has announced a one-year delay for a controversial proposal to charge fees to customers who sell renewable power back to the grid, after a wave of industry and community concern that the plan could wipe out the province’s emerging solar industry.

Nova Scotia Utility Delays Controversial New Charge for Solar Home Owners

Nova Scotia Power has announced a one-year delay for a controversial proposal to charge fees to customers who sell renewable power back to the grid, after a wave of industry and community concern that the plan could wipe out the province’s emerging solar industry.

Fossil heavyweight TransAlta Corporation has officially filed an application to build a 180-megawatt battery storage facility near one of its hydroelectric projects in Alberta.

TransAlta Submits Plan For Battery Storage Near Alberta Hydro Dam

Fossil heavyweight TransAlta Corporation has officially filed an application to build a 180-megawatt battery storage facility near one of its hydroelectric projects in Alberta.

Canada’s next federal budget should include $5 billion to drive new approaches to mass, deep energy retrofits, rather than delaying the country’s Net-Zero Emissions Building Strategy for further refinement, Efficiency Canada argues in a new blog post.

Federal Budget Needs $5B for Net-Zero Retrofits, Efficiency Canada Tells Ottawa

Canada’s next federal budget should include $5 billion to drive new approaches to mass, deep energy retrofits, rather than delaying the country’s Net-Zero Emissions Building Strategy for further refinement, Efficiency Canada argues in a new blog post.

Major European air carriers Air France-KLM, Ryanair, easyJet, and Deutsche Post-DHL and a cross-section of non-government organizations have signed on to a joint declaration to speed up renewable fuels adoption in aviation.

EU Airlines, Environmental Groups Urge Faster Adoption of Renewable Fuels

Major European air carriers Air France-KLM, Ryanair, easyJet, and Deutsche Post-DHL and a cross-section of non-government organizations have signed on to a joint declaration to speed up renewable fuels adoption in aviation.

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Rise of Extreme Weather Calls for ‘Massive Investment’ in Decarbonized Grid

Increased investment, technological advances, and improved communication are essential for electricity grids trying to embrace the energy transition against the backdrop of more frequent extreme weather events, according to a webinar panel hosted by Publicis Sapient and the Utility 2030 Collaborative earlier this month.

America’s poor pay the most to light their homes—both at the till and on their electricity bills—as lower-end retailers continue to sell the inefficient incandescent bulbs that have been replaced by energy-saving LEDs in stores serving more affluent neighbourhoods.

Incandescent Bulbs Raise Living Costs for America’s Poorest Communities

America’s poor pay the most to light their homes—both at the till and on their electricity bills—as lower-end retailers continue to sell the inefficient incandescent bulbs that have been replaced by energy-saving LEDs in stores serving more affluent neighbourhoods.

An expert committee in India is recommending that the country stop building new coal-fired power plants, after concluding that renewables can meet all future need for electricity.

Report Recommends No New Coal Plants for India as Prospects for Batteries Improve

An expert committee in India is recommending that the country stop building new coal-fired power plants, after concluding that renewables can meet all future need for electricity.

Lured by a potential US$320 billion market and the promise of reduced emissions, oil refiner Eneos Holdings and Honda Motors are joining forces with more than 35 Japanese companies and institutions to discover how to turn microalgae into fossil-free versions of aviation fuel, naphtha, resins, and other products.

Japanese Consortium Aims to Tap Rich Market for Microalgae

Lured by a potential US$320 billion market and the promise of reduced emissions, oil refiner Eneos Holdings and Honda Motors are joining forces with more than 35 Japanese companies and institutions to discover how to turn microalgae into fossil-free versions of aviation fuel, naphtha, resins, and other products.

Renewable energy development hit a record US$755 billion last year, but still fell far short of what will be needed to bring the world’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, according to analysis released yesterday by BloombergNEF.

Renewables Investment Hits Record $755B, Still Short of 2050 Climate Target

Renewable energy development hit a record US$755 billion last year, but still fell far short of what will be needed to bring the world’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, according to analysis released yesterday by BloombergNEF.

No Canadian household should have to choose between heating, eating, and other essentials, say a groundswell of energy and anti-poverty advocates who back Efficiency Canada’s push for Ottawa to fund energy efficiency programs for low-income households in the upcoming budget.

Tackle Energy Poverty in Next Budget, Advocates Urge Ottawa

No Canadian household should have to choose between heating, eating, and other essentials, say a groundswell of energy and anti-poverty advocates who back Efficiency Canada’s push for Ottawa to fund energy efficiency programs for low-income households in the upcoming budget.

The United Kingdom’s Greener Homes Grant helped fewer than 8% of its targeted 600,000 homes before ending abruptly, while similar initiatives in France and Germany achieved wider success, partly by running more competently and making government support more easily accessible.

UK Lags France, Germany in Home Energy Efficiency

The United Kingdom’s Greener Homes Grant helped fewer than 8% of its targeted 600,000 homes before ending abruptly, while similar initiatives in France and Germany achieved wider success, partly by running more competently and making government support more easily accessible.

Energy storage could become a big enough factor in the United States power grid to help drive fossil fuels out of the system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and balance electricity loads at every hour of every day year-round by 2050, according to analysis released earlier this month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Energy Storage Could Balance U.S. Electricity Loads All Year Round by 2050

Energy storage could become a big enough factor in the United States power grid to help drive fossil fuels out of the system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and balance electricity loads at every hour of every day year-round by 2050, according to analysis released earlier this month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Global hydrogen markets are in for a “violent shakedown” this decade, as electrolyzer costs fall more than 85% and renewably-produced green hydrogen becomes more affordable than the fossil-derived variety within two years, according to new analysis by Rethink Energy.

Falling Cost of Renewable Hydrogen to Produce ‘Violent Shakedown’ Against Fossil-Fuelled Options

Global hydrogen markets are in for a “violent shakedown” this decade, as electrolyzer costs fall more than 85% and renewably-produced green hydrogen becomes more affordable than the fossil-derived variety within two years, according to new analysis by Rethink Energy.

China is promising something close to the greenest Olympics the world has ever seen. But the reality is likely to fall far short of the podium.

China’s Plans for Greenest Olympics Fall Short of the Podium

China is promising something close to the greenest Olympics the world has ever seen. But the reality is likely to fall far short of the podium.

The federal government’s Canada Greener Home Grant is having trouble keeping up with its own popularity, with applicants waiting months or even years for home energy audits they’ve requested under the program.

Homeowners Wait Months as Ottawa Scrambles to Train New Energy Auditors

The federal government’s Canada Greener Home Grant is having trouble keeping up with its own popularity, with applicants waiting months or even years for home energy audits they’ve requested under the program.

Limiting climate change will require an unprecedented global movement to make low-carbon technologies the norm. Yet in many places, transitions to clean energy technologies have succeeded far beyond expectations, writes Michael Grubb, professor of energy and climate change at University College London, in a post for The Conversation.

Energy Revolution Is Here, But Depends on ‘Imaginative’ Government Action

Limiting climate change will require an unprecedented global movement to make low-carbon technologies the norm. Yet in many places, transitions to clean energy technologies have succeeded far beyond expectations, writes Michael Grubb, professor of energy and climate change at University College London, in a post for The Conversation.

Private financiers in the United States are turning their investment focus to a menu of sometimes questionable carbon storage technologies, while government funding for more immediate carbon reduction options—like the climate components of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better bill—languishes in legislatures.

Private Finance Turns to Carbon Storage ‘Unicorns’ as Climate Program Dollars Lag

Private financiers in the United States are turning their investment focus to a menu of sometimes questionable carbon storage technologies, while government funding for more immediate carbon reduction options—like the climate components of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better bill—languishes in legislatures.

The federal government is looking into independent analysis claiming that carbon capture at a highly-touted Shell Canada demonstration project in Alberta is producing more greenhouse gas emissions than it prevents, The Energy Mix has learned.

Shell’s ‘Milestone’ CCS Plant Emits More Carbon Than It Captures, Independent Analysis Finds

The federal government is looking into independent analysis claiming that carbon capture at a highly-touted Shell Canada demonstration project in Alberta is producing more greenhouse gas emissions than it prevents, The Energy Mix has learned.

The North American recycling industry will need to adapt to meet growing demand expected from an expanding renewable energy sector, to avoid generating massive amounts of waste and greenhouse gases linked to primary resource extraction.

Batteries Lead, Solar Lags as Pressure Builds to Recycle Used Devices

The North American recycling industry will need to adapt to meet growing demand expected from an expanding renewable energy sector, to avoid generating massive amounts of waste and greenhouse gases linked to primary resource extraction.

Electric vehicle ranges could increase five-fold thanks to a new, biologically-inspired battery membrane designed by University of Michigan scientists to fix fundamental issues in next-generation lithium-sulphur batteries.

Battery Breakthrough Promises Dramatic Boost to EV Range

Electric vehicle ranges could increase five-fold thanks to a new, biologically-inspired battery membrane designed by University of Michigan scientists to fix fundamental issues in next-generation lithium-sulphur batteries.

After months of political drama, President Joe Biden is moving closer to breaking up his mammoth Build Back Better legislation to salvage elements of the plan that have enough support to survive a vote in the U.S. Senate, with major new investments in climate action and renewable energy as his lead priority.

Climate Funding a Priority as Biden Moves to Break Up Build Back Better Bill

After months of political drama, President Joe Biden is moving closer to breaking up his mammoth Build Back Better legislation to salvage elements of the plan that have enough support to survive a vote in the U.S. Senate, with major new investments in climate action and renewable energy as his lead priority.

Canada is getting set to roll out a tax credit to support fossil companies’ investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson confirmed in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News this week.

Carbon Capture Tax Credit Likely for 2022 Budget, Wilkinson Says

Canada is getting set to roll out a tax credit to support fossil companies’ investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson confirmed in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News this week.

Germany’s new coalition government has unveiled plans to massively accelerate the country’s national hydrogen strategy, while excluding fossil-derived “blue” hydrogen from eligibility for federal subsidies.

Germany’s Massive Boost for Hydrogen Leaves Out Fossil-Derived ‘Blue’ Variety

Germany’s new coalition government has unveiled plans to massively accelerate the country’s national hydrogen strategy, while excluding fossil-derived “blue” hydrogen from eligibility for federal subsidies.

The use of renewable energy system, such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars, and hydrogen fuel cells will minimize greenhouse gas emissions and reduce global warming. But use of these systems has to increase—and they require a lot of metal.

Metal Extraction for Renewable Energy Boom Needn’t Trash the Environment

The use of renewable energy system, such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars, and hydrogen fuel cells will minimize greenhouse gas emissions and reduce global warming. But use of these systems has to increase—and they require a lot of metal.

The city of Montpellier, France has cancelled a €29-million order for 51 hydrogen buses after concluding that an electric fleet would be six times less expensive to own and operate.

French City Cancels Hydrogen Bus Order, Finds Electric Fleet 6x Cheaper to Operate

The city of Montpellier, France has cancelled a €29-million order for 51 hydrogen buses after concluding that an electric fleet would be six times less expensive to own and operate.

More renewable electricity combined with new energy management and storage techniques “can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean”, contrary to the skepticism of renewable energy detractors, two leading North American energy analysts argue in a post for Yale Environment 360.

Explainer: Reliable, Clean Grid Can Be 100% Renewable, Despite Skeptics’ Fears for Reliability

More renewable electricity combined with new energy management and storage techniques “can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean”, contrary to the skepticism of renewable energy detractors, two leading North American energy analysts argue in a post for Yale Environment 360.

The day of the sun-powered house may soon be at hand, with two recent papers introducing new technologies to allow the building itself—rather than the solar panels attached to it—to produce heating and cooling.

New Smart Glass Technologies Could Boost Buildings’ Energy Efficiency

The day of the sun-powered house may soon be at hand, with two recent papers introducing new technologies to allow the building itself—rather than the solar panels attached to it—to produce heating and cooling.

The International Energy Agency praised yesterday Canada for a set of “bold” climate policies that point toward “an ambitious transformation of its energy system,” despite its finding that increased fossil fuel production drove up the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions 26% between 2000 and 2019.

IEA Praises Canada’s ‘Bold’ Climate Policies Despite 26% Rise in Fossil Emissions

The International Energy Agency praised yesterday Canada for a set of “bold” climate policies that point toward “an ambitious transformation of its energy system,” despite its finding that increased fossil fuel production drove up the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions 26% between 2000 and 2019.

California-based GAF Energy has developed a mass-market shingle that could revolutionize rooftop solar generation.

New Nail-On Solar Shingle Could Transform Residential Solar Industry

California-based GAF Energy has developed a mass-market shingle that could revolutionize rooftop solar generation.

Lower-income Canadians shouldn’t have to choose between heating, eating, and other daily essentials, say two policy experts who are pushing for a national strategy to combat the energy poverty that currently affects 20% of Canadian households.

Experts Look to Ottawa for Energy Poverty Strategy

Lower-income Canadians shouldn’t have to choose between heating, eating, and other daily essentials, say two policy experts who are pushing for a national strategy to combat the energy poverty that currently affects 20% of Canadian households.

Ontario is on track for a 375% increase in power sector emissions between 2017 and 2030 if it carries through with a plan to increase its reliance on natural gas power plants, concludes an analysis of the Annual Planning Outlook published last month by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

Ontario Grid Faces 375% Emissions Increase as Ford Government Embraces New Gas Plants

Ontario is on track for a 375% increase in power sector emissions between 2017 and 2030 if it carries through with a plan to increase its reliance on natural gas power plants, concludes an analysis of the Annual Planning Outlook published last month by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

A policy blueprint endorsed by New York’s governor aims to implement the United States’ first state-wide natural gas ban for new buildings, in line with a larger state decarbonization plan for an “orderly downsizing” of the gas distribution system.

New York State Governor Backs 2027 Gas Ban for New Buildings

A policy blueprint endorsed by New York’s governor aims to implement the United States’ first state-wide natural gas ban for new buildings, in line with a larger state decarbonization plan for an “orderly downsizing” of the gas distribution system.

Urban planners around the world grappling with how to respond to sea level rise are finding inspiration in Amsterdam, where residents are combining Old World know-how with 21st-century technology to learn how to live with water.

Amsterdam’s Floating Suburb Offers Solutions to Rising Waters

Urban planners around the world grappling with how to respond to sea level rise are finding inspiration in Amsterdam, where residents are combining Old World know-how with 21st-century technology to learn how to live with water.

India’s vast expanses of farmland are fertile ground for a novel type of fruit—namely solar power—according to a recent report that offers agrivoltaics (solar panels installed on agricultural land) as a solution for a nation reckoning with significant energy demands in the coming decades. 

Solar on Farmland Holds Promise for India’s Renewables Sector: IEEFA

India’s vast expanses of farmland are fertile ground for a novel type of fruit—namely solar power—according to a recent report that offers agrivoltaics (solar panels installed on agricultural land) as a solution for a nation reckoning with significant energy demands in the coming decades. 

Quebec is close to completing what will likely be the last big hydroelectric dam it ever builds, bringing an end to a decades-long era when hydro development was often seen as synonymous with the province’s growing economic power and cultural pride.

Quebec’s Hydropower Era Ends as Last Big Megaproject Nears Completion

Quebec is close to completing what will likely be the last big hydroelectric dam it ever builds, bringing an end to a decades-long era when hydro development was often seen as synonymous with the province’s growing economic power and cultural pride.

Deep energy retrofits and tougher building code standards emerged as winners, while fossil fuel pipelines received no attention at all, as policy analysts dug more deeply into the ministerial mandate letters released in mid-December by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau Mandate Letters Boost Deep Retrofits and Tougher Building Code, Ignore Pipelines

Deep energy retrofits and tougher building code standards emerged as winners, while fossil fuel pipelines received no attention at all, as policy analysts dug more deeply into the ministerial mandate letters released in mid-December by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Alberta’s quiet transition to renewable energy from coal is moving faster than planned—fast enough that the province could hit its target of generating 30% of its electricity from renewables seven years ahead of its 2030 target.

Alberta’s ‘Quiet’ Transition to Renewables Moves Faster than Planned

Alberta’s quiet transition to renewable energy from coal is moving faster than planned—fast enough that the province could hit its target of generating 30% of its electricity from renewables seven years ahead of its 2030 target.

November 25, 2021: British Columbia’s only confirmed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal may be on its way to becoming a “financial albatross”, even as a developer continues to tout a second LNG project in Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver.

LNG Canada On Track to Become ‘Financial Albatross’, Analysts Warned

November 25, 2021: British Columbia’s only confirmed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal may be on its way to becoming a “financial albatross”, even as a developer continues to tout a second LNG project in Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver.

February 17, 2021: A net-zero home in Edmonton, Alberta stayed toasty warm when the polar vortex brought bitterly cold temperatures to town, enabling Darryl Zubot and his family to stay comfortable and safe—without having to turn on the furnace.

Net-Zero Home Rode Out Edmonton Cold Snap with No Furnace Required

February 17, 2021: A net-zero home in Edmonton, Alberta stayed toasty warm when the polar vortex brought bitterly cold temperatures to town, enabling Darryl Zubot and his family to stay comfortable and safe—without having to turn on the furnace.

April 21, 2021: The federal government hoped a budget provision for C$40,000 interest-free loans would be sufficient incentive to encourage 200,000 Canadian households to undertake deep retrofits on their homes.

Ottawa Offered $40,000 Interest-Free Loans for Deep Energy Retrofits

April 21, 2021: The federal government hoped a budget provision for C$40,000 interest-free loans would be sufficient incentive to encourage 200,000 Canadian households to undertake deep retrofits on their homes.

October 13, 2021: While the world’s fossil fuel use could peak in the next few years, countries’ climate pledges as of mid-October covered

IEA Urged Faster Fossil Phaseout, More Renewables Investment to Keep 1.5°C Within Reach

October 13, 2021: While the world’s fossil fuel use could peak in the next few years, countries’ climate pledges as of mid-October covered “less than 20% of the gap in emissions reductions that needs to be closed by 2030 to keep a 1.5°C path within reach,” the International Energy Agency declared, in a breakthrough edition of its annual World Energy Outlook.

February 19, 2021: Some 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of homes were still without power, half of the state was under a boil water order, racialized communities were bearing the brunt, and the electricity system operator admitted it had only narrowly averted months-long blackouts as Texas began taking stock of a rolling disaster brought on by climate-driven severe weather and ideologically-driven grid deregulation.

Texas Was ‘Seconds and Minutes’ from Months-Long Blackouts, Grid Operator Admitted

February 19, 2021: Some 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of homes were still without power, half of the state was under a boil water order, racialized communities were bearing the brunt, and the electricity system operator admitted it had only narrowly averted months-long blackouts as Texas began taking stock of a rolling disaster brought on by climate-driven severe weather and ideologically-driven grid deregulation.

May 21, 2021: Canada played an important behind-the-scenes role in prodding the International Energy Agency to develop its landmark Net-Zero by 2050 pathway, while the Trump administration would have been in a position to exert outsized influence on the IEA’s governing board to obstruct progress, The Energy Mix learned in May.

Canada Helped Prod IEA for Net-Zero Pathway

May 21, 2021: Canada played an important behind-the-scenes role in prodding the International Energy Agency to develop its landmark Net-Zero by 2050 pathway, while the Trump administration would have been in a position to exert outsized influence on the IEA’s governing board to obstruct progress, The Energy Mix learned in May.

January 31, 2021: A Canadian solar company claimed no Uyghurs were employed at its 30-MW solar farm in China’s Xinjiang region, nor were any members of the persecuted Muslim community being forced into labour anywhere along its solar supply chain. But human rights observers said that last assertion didn't stand up to the evidence.

Major Canadian Solar Firm Denied Reports of Forced Labour

January 31, 2021: A Canadian solar company claimed no Uyghurs were employed at its 30-MW solar farm in China’s Xinjiang region, nor were any members of the persecuted Muslim community being forced into labour anywhere along its solar supply chain. But human rights observers said that last assertion didn’t stand up to the evidence.

September 25, 2021: A sleepy Sunday in Luling, Texas (population 5,800) was shattered in late August when a semi-truck and trailer pulling a wind turbine blade was struck by a freight train.

‘Substantial Damage’, No Injuries as Freight Train Hit Wind Turbine Blade

September 25, 2021: A sleepy Sunday in Luling, Texas (population 5,800) was shattered in late August when a semi-truck and trailer pulling a wind turbine blade was struck by a freight train.

August 29, 2021: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise to cap oil and gas sector emissions at today’s levels and set five-year targets to reduce them beginning in 2025 amounted to the end of fossil fuel expansion in Canada, a leading climate advocate said.

Trudeau’s #Elxn44 Announcement Meant End of Oil and Gas Expansion

August 29, 2021: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise to cap oil and gas sector emissions at today’s levels and set five-year targets to reduce them beginning in 2025 amounted to the end of fossil fuel expansion in Canada, a leading climate advocate said.

June 25, 2021: Taking on an audacious “national retrofit mission” would enable Canada to upgrade every building in the country by 2035, eliminate their fossil fuel consumption by 2050, make energy poverty a thing of the past, and free up 50 terawatt-hours of electricity for other uses—enough to eliminate 60 million tonnes of carbon pollution per year if it were used to power 10 million electric vehicles, according to analysis by Efficiency Canada.

Deep Retrofit Program Could Fix Every Canadian Building by 2035, Supply Enough Electricity for 10 Million EV’s

June 25, 2021: Taking on an audacious “national retrofit mission” would enable Canada to upgrade every building in the country by 2035, eliminate their fossil fuel consumption by 2050, make energy poverty a thing of the past, and free up 50 terawatt-hours of electricity for other uses—enough to eliminate 60 million tonnes of carbon pollution per year if it were used to power 10 million electric vehicles, according to analysis by Efficiency Canada.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is setting Canada up for climate failure with a report that projects increasing oil and gas production through 2032, relies overwhelmingly on unproven carbon capture technologies, and runs counter to decarbonization analysis and commitments from international agencies, the recent COP 26 climate summit, and the latest federal Speech from the Throne, according to climate policy and campaign groups responding to the report.

Energy Regulator Projects Rising Oil Output through 2032, ‘Sets Canada Up for Climate Failure’

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is setting Canada up for climate failure with a report that projects increasing oil and gas production through 2032, relies overwhelmingly on unproven carbon capture technologies, and runs counter to decarbonization analysis and commitments from international agencies, the recent COP 26 climate summit, and the latest federal Speech from the Throne, according to climate policy and campaign groups responding to the report.

Forest biomass has been mislabelled as a carbon-neutral energy source, said speakers gathered at a COP 26 side meeting who urged governments to stop subsidizing power plants that say they have gone green by replacing coal.

Replacing Coal With Biomass Threatens Forests, Climate Targets, COP 26 Panel Warns

Forest biomass has been mislabelled as a carbon-neutral energy source, said speakers gathered at a COP 26 side meeting who urged governments to stop subsidizing power plants that say they have gone green by replacing coal.

Using retired electric vehicle (EV) batteries in smaller, localized power grids could be a “game-changer” for microgrid owners, say the proponents of an innovative plan to reduce grid costs and emissions.

Company Plans To Reuse Discarded EV Batteries in Local Power Grids

Using retired electric vehicle (EV) batteries in smaller, localized power grids could be a “game-changer” for microgrid owners, say the proponents of an innovative plan to reduce grid costs and emissions.

An emphasis on sustainable land use is the most important unheralded gain in British Columbia’s new Roadmap to 2030, the updated climate strategy the province released last month, urban climate and sustainability veteran Alex Boston writes in an opinion piece for the Vancouver Sun.

Sustainable Land Use is ‘Biggest Landmark’ in B.C.’s 2030 Climate Roadmap

An emphasis on sustainable land use is the most important unheralded gain in British Columbia’s new Roadmap to 2030, the updated climate strategy the province released last month, urban climate and sustainability veteran Alex Boston writes in an opinion piece for the Vancouver Sun.

As the Quebec Liberal Party seeks to redefine itself less than a year before a provincial election, Leader Dominique Anglade wants the environment to be its main focus.

Quebec Liberals Plans $100B Green Platform as Québec Solidaire Pledges to Nationalize Renewables

As the Quebec Liberal Party seeks to redefine itself less than a year before a provincial election, Leader Dominique Anglade wants the environment to be its main focus.

Carbon emissions from a coal plant in Germany

German Coalition Government Pledges More Renewables, Hedges on Faster Coal Exit

An agreement reached by Germany’s new three-way coalition of the Social Democratic (SDP), Green, and Free Democratic (FDP) parties commits to phase out coal earlier than previously planned and increase the country’s renewable energy capacity.

Strolling his church's rooftop among 630 solar panels, Bishop Richard Howell Jr. of north Minneapolis acknowledged climate change isn't the most pressing concern for his predominantly Black congregation—even though it disproportionately harms people of colour and the poor.  Yet his Shiloh Temple International Ministries welcomed the opportunity to become one of many community solar providers popping up around the U.S. amid surging demand for renewable energy, The Associated Press reports.

Community Solar ‘Blesses Families’ with Lower Energy Costs, Minneapolis Bishop Proclaims

Strolling his church’s rooftop among 630 solar panels, Bishop Richard Howell Jr. of north Minneapolis acknowledged climate change isn’t the most pressing concern for his predominantly Black congregation—even though it disproportionately harms people of colour and the poor. Yet his Shiloh Temple International Ministries welcomed the opportunity to become one of many community solar providers popping up around the U.S. amid surging demand for renewable energy, The Associated Press reports.

It’s easier than expected to set up and maintain energy-efficient buildings that don’t burden the power grid at peak hours, says a new report written for building managers in the United States. 

Building Managers Can Help Limit Grid Demand, Rocky Mountain Institute Reports

It’s easier than expected to set up and maintain energy-efficient buildings that don’t burden the power grid at peak hours, says a new report written for building managers in the United States. 

As Toronto city councillors prepare to debate a revised climate plan later this month, former mayor David Miller is urging them to follow the lead of a number of cities around the world and commit to turning pledges into action.

Less Talk, More Action on Climate, Ex-Toronto Mayor Urges

As Toronto city councillors prepare to debate a revised climate plan later this month, former mayor David Miller is urging them to follow the lead of a number of cities around the world and commit to turning pledges into action.

province—including connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles. But the province’s Driving Prosperity initiative does not yet include complementary demand-side measures to stimulate market penetration of low-emission vehicles, nor is the government promoting increased electrical generation from renewable sources.

Ontario EV Plan Pushes Manufacturing, Sidesteps Consumer Demand and Supply Chain Impacts

province—including connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles. But the province’s Driving Prosperity initiative does not yet include complementary demand-side measures to stimulate market penetration of low-emission vehicles, nor is the government promoting increased electrical generation from renewable sources.

The steel industry is at a crossroads, with government policies like carbon pricing designed to combat climate change hitting manufacturers’ bottom lines and international pledges likely to seek further concessions from companies that burn fossil fuels.

Climate Policies Put Steel at a Crossroads, Spell Decline for B.C. Coal Mining

The steel industry is at a crossroads, with government policies like carbon pricing designed to combat climate change hitting manufacturers’ bottom lines and international pledges likely to seek further concessions from companies that burn fossil fuels.

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In 2-Year Drought, California ‘Dramatically Curtails’ Water to Farms, Cities

A two-year drought is forcing California to “dramatically curtail water delivery next year” to 27 million of the state’s residents and 750,000 acres/300,000 hectares of farmland, Bloomberg reports.

A Canadian think tank urged governments and utilities to embrace the “generational undertaking” of massively ramping up clean electricity production, on the same day the International Energy Agency (IEA) called for global renewable energy growth to double to meet a net-zero emissions target by mid-century.

Canadian Think Tank Urges ‘Generational Undertaking’ for Clean Power as IEA Calls for Renewables Growth to Double

A Canadian think tank urged governments and utilities to embrace the “generational undertaking” of massively ramping up clean electricity production, on the same day the International Energy Agency (IEA) called for global renewable energy growth to double to meet a net-zero emissions target by mid-century.

A senior official in India says his country “cannot escape” phasing down coal production, but will need an accompanying just transition plan to support the more than 10 million people who depend on the country’s coal economy.

India ‘Can’t Escape’ Coal Phasedown, Needs Funding to Drive Just Transition for 33 Million Workers

A senior official in India says his country “cannot escape” phasing down coal production, but will need an accompanying just transition plan to support the more than 10 million people who depend on the country’s coal economy.

Oil and gas workers around the world are getting set to vote with their feet, with more than half of them saying they want work in renewable energy and 43% across all forms of energy saying they plan to leave their jobs in the next five years, according to the latest in a series of annual work force surveys commissioned by recruitment firm Brunel International and Oilandgasjobsearch.com.

56% of Oil and Gas Workers Want Renewables Jobs as Fossils’ Recruitment Woes Grow

Oil and gas workers around the world are getting set to vote with their feet, with more than half of them saying they want work in renewable energy and 43% across all forms of energy saying they plan to leave their jobs in the next five years, according to the latest in a series of annual work force surveys commissioned by recruitment firm Brunel International and Oilandgasjobsearch.com.

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Hydrogen+CCS Loses Climate Benefit as Renewable Energy Costs Fall

The falling cost of wind and solar could “substantially erode” the value of carbon capture and storage technologies as a pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the fossil-friendly mix of hydrogen production with CCS losing up to 96% of its climate benefit, according to a new study in the journal One Earth.

Canada should implement policies to recycle materials from solar panels and wind turbines as it builds up renewable energy infrastructure to reach its 2050 net-zero commitments, say two Canadian energy policy experts.

Recycle Components, Become Zero-Waste Champions, Experts Urge Canadian Renewables Sector

Canada should implement policies to recycle materials from solar panels and wind turbines as it builds up renewable energy infrastructure to reach its 2050 net-zero commitments, say two Canadian energy policy experts.

Three teams of scientists have worked out how to cut the cost of home insulation, how to cool tomorrow’s ever-hotter cities, and how to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions. And the potential solutions are, in every sense, green.

Cheaper Insulation, Cooler Cities: Studies Look at How Efficiency Works for People

Three teams of scientists have worked out how to cut the cost of home insulation, how to cool tomorrow’s ever-hotter cities, and how to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions. And the potential solutions are, in every sense, green.

British Columbia’s only confirmed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal may be on its way to becoming a “financial albatross”, according to a new analysis released Wednesday, even as a developer continues to tout a second LNG project in Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver.

LNG Canada On Track to Become ‘Financial Albatross’, Analysts Warn

British Columbia’s only confirmed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal may be on its way to becoming a “financial albatross”, according to a new analysis released Wednesday, even as a developer continues to tout a second LNG project in Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver.

A leading provincial environmental group issued a happy thumbs-up Thursday after federal Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault refused an “equivalency” agreement that would have allowed the Belledune power plant in New Brunswick to continue burning coal past 2030.

New Brunswick Coal Plant to Close by 2030 After Guilbeault Refuses Equivalency Agreement

A leading provincial environmental group issued a happy thumbs-up Thursday after federal Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault refused an “equivalency” agreement that would have allowed the Belledune power plant in New Brunswick to continue burning coal past 2030.

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Construction On $1B Hydro-Québec Project Halted After Maine Voters Say No

Maine Governor Janet Mills has halted construction of a Hydro-Québec transmission line through the state in response to a majority of local voters opposing the project, following a bitterly contested public referendum.

With the House of Commons reconvening today and the minority Liberal government due to release its Speech from the Throne tomorrow, November 23, organizations and clean energy businesses are chiming in with advice on what they expect from Ottawa—in the formal statement laying out the new government’s priorities, and the budget coming up early next year.

Advocates Stress Energy Retrofits, Protected Areas, Renewable Grid as Parliament Reconvenes

With the House of Commons reconvening today and the minority Liberal government due to release its Speech from the Throne tomorrow, November 23, organizations and clean energy businesses are chiming in with advice on what they expect from Ottawa—in the formal statement laying out the new government’s priorities, and the budget coming up early next year.

A promise to develop a North American strategy on methane and black carbon emissions was one of the lower-profile results of last week’s trilateral summit between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Canada Joins U.S., Mexico in Pledge to Curb Methane, Black Carbon

A promise to develop a North American strategy on methane and black carbon emissions was one of the lower-profile results of last week’s trilateral summit between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

By a narrow 220-213 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a US$555-billion climate package, the biggest in the country’s history. But the legislation will have to navigate major obstacles among “moderate” Senate Democrats to have a chance of being passed into law.

Senate Battle Looms after U.S. House Adopts $555B Climate Package

By a narrow 220-213 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a US$555-billion climate package, the biggest in the country’s history. But the legislation will have to navigate major obstacles among “moderate” Senate Democrats to have a chance of being passed into law.

Global wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won the contract to supply turbines to the 100-megawatt Hilda wind farm in southeastern Alberta.

Siemens Gamesa to Supply Turbines for New Alberta Wind Farm

Global wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won the contract to supply turbines to the 100-megawatt Hilda wind farm in southeastern Alberta.

Investors and state governments in the United States are pulling back from new natural gas projects, showing how climate policy and technological advancements are shifting their choices in favour of renewable energy.

U.S. Investors, States Shifting from Gas Plants to Renewables

Investors and state governments in the United States are pulling back from new natural gas projects, showing how climate policy and technological advancements are shifting their choices in favour of renewable energy.

The Trudeau government can reactivate stalled energy efficiency efforts at the provincial level by taking leadership on tougher building codes, transforming building retrofits, making low-income households a priority, and promoting energy management in industry, Efficiency Canada says, in an addendum to its annual Canadian Energy Efficiency Policy Scorecard released Wednesday.

New Scorecard Urges Federal Action on Provinces’ Stalled Energy Efficiency Programs

The Trudeau government can reactivate stalled energy efficiency efforts at the provincial level by taking leadership on tougher building codes, transforming building retrofits, making low-income households a priority, and promoting energy management in industry, Efficiency Canada says, in an addendum to its annual Canadian Energy Efficiency Policy Scorecard released Wednesday.

Energy efficiency measures can boost the performance of the world’s buildings, transportation systems, and industry by one-third, drive down carbon emissions by almost 40%, cut consumer energy costs, and create four million jobs by 2030, but it’ll take a “massive and unprecedented transition” to get it done, the International Energy Agency concludes in its Energy Efficiency 2021 report issued Wednesday.

Investment Must Triple to Hit 2030 Energy Efficiency Goals: IEA

Energy efficiency measures can boost the performance of the world’s buildings, transportation systems, and industry by one-third, drive down carbon emissions by almost 40%, cut consumer energy costs, and create four million jobs by 2030, but it’ll take a “massive and unprecedented transition” to get it done, the International Energy Agency concludes in its Energy Efficiency 2021 report issued Wednesday.

The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would allow companies to generate as much of their own electricity as they want and sell any surplus back to the provincial power grid.

Alberta to Allow Independent Producers, Storage Systems to Sell Back to the Grid

The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would allow companies to generate as much of their own electricity as they want and sell any surplus back to the provincial power grid.

Carbon pricing, one of the key strategies for fighting climate change, could increase inequality if measures are not taken to lighten the burden on low-income citizens, studies warn.

Carbon Pricing Can Increase Inequality, Hit the Poor Hardest, Studies Warn

Carbon pricing, one of the key strategies for fighting climate change, could increase inequality if measures are not taken to lighten the burden on low-income citizens, studies warn.

Electric car company Rivian saw its stocks jump 29% on its first day of public trading last week and is now the second-highest valued U.S. car company, even though it has yet to record any official sales and has raised concerns with experts about its growth potential.

Investors Look for ‘the Next Tesla’ as Rivian Goes Public

Electric car company Rivian saw its stocks jump 29% on its first day of public trading last week and is now the second-highest valued U.S. car company, even though it has yet to record any official sales and has raised concerns with experts about its growth potential.

New research on Australia’s national hydrogen strategies, along with government resistance to new carbon policies, is raising questions about the country’s commitment to cutting emissions.

Study Critiques Australia’s Hydrogen Plan, Resistance to New Carbon Policies

New research on Australia’s national hydrogen strategies, along with government resistance to new carbon policies, is raising questions about the country’s commitment to cutting emissions.

With Canada intent on helping to slow global warming without destroying its economy, the country’s newly-appointed natural resources minister says his department can no longer be thought of mainly as the ministry for fossil fuels.

Natural Resources Canada is No Longer the ‘Ministry for Fossil Fuels’, Wilkinson Says

With Canada intent on helping to slow global warming without destroying its economy, the country’s newly-appointed natural resources minister says his department can no longer be thought of mainly as the ministry for fossil fuels.

Climate watchers have been dissatisfied and underwhelmed by China’s recent climate commitments, but a U.S. climate scientist contends the nation’s lacklustre pledges signify a careful, deliberative, and sincere approach to climate policy rather than a failure to comply with global standards. 

China’s ‘Lacklustre’ Pledges Show Genuine Commitment, Climate Scientist Says

Climate watchers have been dissatisfied and underwhelmed by China’s recent climate commitments, but a U.S. climate scientist contends the nation’s lacklustre pledges signify a careful, deliberative, and sincere approach to climate policy rather than a failure to comply with global standards. 

Canada must develop a clear, comprehensive federal strategy to ensure it meets its emissions and sustainability goals, and does not get left behind as the clean technology market accelerates, according to one of the world’s leading insurance industry associations. 

Insurance Association Urges Federal Strategy for Climate Tech Investment

Canada must develop a clear, comprehensive federal strategy to ensure it meets its emissions and sustainability goals, and does not get left behind as the clean technology market accelerates, according to one of the world’s leading insurance industry associations. 

From the southern border of Germany to the highest peaks in Africa, glaciers around the world have served as natural climate records for scientists, beacons of beliefs for Indigenous groups, and money-making tourist attractions.

Glacier Loss Puts Communities at Risk, Destroys Millennia of ‘Climate Heritage’

From the southern border of Germany to the highest peaks in Africa, glaciers around the world have served as natural climate records for scientists, beacons of beliefs for Indigenous groups, and money-making tourist attractions.

A surprise joint statement from China and the United States at the United Nations climate change conference, COP 26, on Wednesday committed the two countries to joint action on methane reductions, grid decarbonization, illegal deforestation, circular economy measures, and “enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement”.

China, U.S. Promise Joint Action to Cut Methane, Curb Illegal Deforestation

A surprise joint statement from China and the United States at the United Nations climate change conference, COP 26, on Wednesday committed the two countries to joint action on methane reductions, grid decarbonization, illegal deforestation, circular economy measures, and “enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement”.

Experts were pointing to the absence of some notable signatories and the need for clear infrastructure targets in the wake of a Wednesday morning declaration at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, setting a 2040 deadline to end sales of gas-burning cars and vans.

Key Players Absent as Governments, Automakers Set 2040 End Date for Gas-Burning Car Sales

Experts were pointing to the absence of some notable signatories and the need for clear infrastructure targets in the wake of a Wednesday morning declaration at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, setting a 2040 deadline to end sales of gas-burning cars and vans.

Reducing short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon and methane represents a major opportunity to help meet the 1.5°C warming target, while delivering major benefits for human health, energy security, soil replenishment, and rural employment.

Soot, Methane Reductions Critical to 1.5° Target

Reducing short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon and methane represents a major opportunity to help meet the 1.5°C warming target, while delivering major benefits for human health, energy security, soil replenishment, and rural employment.

A new study quantifies for the first time some of the key implications of trying to use natural gas while pursuing the Paris 1.5°C target, arguing that it should not be a “bridging fuel” but should instead be quickly phased out.

Gas is ‘the New Coal’, with No Role on Path to 1.5°C, Study Says

A new study quantifies for the first time some of the key implications of trying to use natural gas while pursuing the Paris 1.5°C target, arguing that it should not be a “bridging fuel” but should instead be quickly phased out.

Canada fell from 58th to 61st spot in the latest Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), released this week during the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, with its current climate performance and 2030 targets well below what would be consistent with a 2.0°C limit on average global warming.

Canada Falls to 61st Spot in Latest Climate Change Performance Index

Canada fell from 58th to 61st spot in the latest Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), released this week during the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, with its current climate performance and 2030 targets well below what would be consistent with a 2.0°C limit on average global warming.

Governments will have to coordinate efforts on the road to a net-zero economy to make sure the countries that move first and fastest don’t get most of the benefits, leaving lagging governments to cope with trillions of dollars’ worth of stranded fossil fuel assets, a new report warns.

Stranded Assets Risk ‘Regional Pockets of Misery’ without Smart Transition Off Fossil Fuels

Governments will have to coordinate efforts on the road to a net-zero economy to make sure the countries that move first and fastest don’t get most of the benefits, leaving lagging governments to cope with trillions of dollars’ worth of stranded fossil fuel assets, a new report warns.

Indigenous communities in Canada are leading the way on the transition to clean energy by using renewable energy microgrids (REMs) as a pathway to community and energy sovereignty, said panelists at a COP 26 workshop session last week.

Indigenous Communities Embrace Microgrids to Lead Energy Transition

Indigenous communities in Canada are leading the way on the transition to clean energy by using renewable energy microgrids (REMs) as a pathway to community and energy sovereignty, said panelists at a COP 26 workshop session last week.

A Canadian pipeline giant is citing soaring heating prices in Europe and an electricity crisis in China as proof that the global transition to a low-carbon economy needs to be driven by a “mix of balanced policy solutions,” despite analysis pinpointing the short-term price crunch as an argument for a faster shift to renewable energy.

Pipeliner Urges New Construction to Counter High Fossil Prices, Ignores Plummeting Cost of Renewables

A Canadian pipeline giant is citing soaring heating prices in Europe and an electricity crisis in China as proof that the global transition to a low-carbon economy needs to be driven by a “mix of balanced policy solutions,” despite analysis pinpointing the short-term price crunch as an argument for a faster shift to renewable energy.

Quebec is joining the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA), an international alliance led by Denmark and Costa Rica to speed up the global phaseout of fossil fuels, Premier François Legault announced last week.

Quebec to Join Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

Quebec is joining the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA), an international alliance led by Denmark and Costa Rica to speed up the global phaseout of fossil fuels, Premier François Legault announced last week.

Three prominent CEOs discussed the potential of green hydrogen as a vital climate solution that is poised for rapid expansion at a COP 26 panel hosted by the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).

RMI Panel Touts Green Hydrogen as New Coalition Pledges 45 GW by 2027

Three prominent CEOs discussed the potential of green hydrogen as a vital climate solution that is poised for rapid expansion at a COP 26 panel hosted by the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).

As the UN’s annual climate jamboree, COP 26, ploughs steadily onwards in Glasgow, Scotland, news comes of something else to worry about: seabed carbon. 

Seabed Carbon, Bottom Trawling Emerge as Next Climate Challenges

As the UN’s annual climate jamboree, COP 26, ploughs steadily onwards in Glasgow, Scotland, news comes of something else to worry about: seabed carbon. 

Pakistan’s energy security and economy may be threatened by a policy shift that backs out of solar and wind projects. The nation’s energy plans instead commit to a continued reliance on fossil fuels and capital-intensive hydro megaprojects—notably the long-planned Diamer-Basha dam—that have a notorious record of delays and massive cost overruns, reports the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

Pakistan Risks Economy with Backtrack on Renewables, Reliance on LNG

Pakistan’s energy security and economy may be threatened by a policy shift that backs out of solar and wind projects. The nation’s energy plans instead commit to a continued reliance on fossil fuels and capital-intensive hydro megaprojects—notably the long-planned Diamer-Basha dam—that have a notorious record of delays and massive cost overruns, reports the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

Today’s question: Thursday is Energy Day at COP 26, and two of the top issues are a global coal phaseout and how to decarbonize the power grid. How is Canada addressing those issues in Glasgow?

#COP26TinyExplainers: Canada Leads on Coal, Alberta Can Gain from Decarbonized Grid, Jeyakumar Says

Today’s question: Thursday is Energy Day at COP 26, and two of the top issues are a global coal phaseout and how to decarbonize the power grid. How is Canada addressing those issues in Glasgow?

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COP Process Moving Too Slowly to Decarbonize Global Power Grid, Advocate Warns

Declaring that the UN’s consensus-based process is moving too slowly to solve the climate crisis, a global, non-partisan group of elected officials is trying to lead the charge to decarbonize the world’s electricity grids. 

With billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg announcing an extension of his Beyond Coal campaign aiming to shutter 25% of the world’s coal plants and nix all proposed ones by 2025, a new study warns plastic has become “the new coal” in its climate-busting power. 

Bloomberg Pledges New Investments to Shut 25% of World’s Coal Plants

With billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg announcing an extension of his Beyond Coal campaign aiming to shutter 25% of the world’s coal plants and nix all proposed ones by 2025, a new study warns plastic has become “the new coal” in its climate-busting power. 

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Renewables Set to Outcompete Fossils, But Not Without Challenges

The transition to renewables is set to accelerate after the COP 26 climate summit thanks to plummeting renewable prices and soaring fossil fuel prices, experts say. But energy security concerns, supply chain problems, and land use constraints—particularly in the case of solar energy—may be limiting factors.

Cities are “at the front edge” of dealing with climate change, but municipal governments say they need more financial support and should be engaged more in national climate policy development.

Cities Need Money, Political Power to Tackle Climate Crisis: Report

Cities are “at the front edge” of dealing with climate change, but municipal governments say they need more financial support and should be engaged more in national climate policy development.